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This is the song, like Song Beside My Grave, that I want the world to remember me by.

I wrote this one as a solo acoustic piece as featured in a video, shot by Scott Levy, my oldest brother. I played the riff for Scott in studio and he loved it and used it in one of his films. A couple of years later he suggested I actually write a song for it and I did, adding the bridge, which made it truly complete. Etienne had a different take on it and we played it live with less acoustic guitar and more wurli.

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I loved you dearly, more than I knew
But I was blind with pride and so were you
When you were near me it felt so right
You belonged to me, I turned away from the light
But what's done is done, it's the way it should be
And I'll never quit the game
'Cause I'm a man of simple faith

It's a hard-earned love, this life of mine
Leavin' all the failures of my past behind
He was a good man but he sold his soul
Made a lot of money but it took its toll
This sham of mine, he's always say
I'd throw it all away
To be a man of simple faith

I'm just a man of simple faith
We're bound together in the unkown
Just a man who's found his grace
I'll keep you warm in the dark and cold

You and me, man, we were close and on the level
When you never expect you always find the devil
We had it out, the final word
Crossed the line, no other cheek was turned
We can live our lives holdin' a grudge
But our love will remain
Because we're men of simple faith

Yeah the race is on and so they say,
You're gettin' on in years, there's a price to pay
Time flies by but don't disappear
Livin' on forever in our love through the years
We're a dyin' breed but I disagree
'Cause we're all the saving grace
Yeah I'm a man of simple faith
Yeah I'm a man of simple faith
Yeah I'm a man of simple faith

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from JL Stiles Presents House of Murmurs, released July 12, 2012

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