“Hardest Mile” — Lyrics of Will T. Massey

Another in a series of intermittent posts featuring lyrics of Will T. Massey

Will T. MasseyWill’s music has always been intensely personal — that’s a key part of his widespread appeal. From his earliest songs onward, his lyrics often spoke of dreams, voices, and visions.

I mentioned this tune before in a prior blog post, quoting the final refrain as a commentary on Will’s personal past as well as his ongoing struggle with schizophrenia.


Ain’t two minds better than one in hard times?
The closer you are, the closer you are to fine.
She says, “Darlin’, I’ll talk to you anytime —
You’re a veteran of a war you’ve got to leave behind.”

Learn to walk again,
Learn to talk again,
Learn to do it with a smile.
Hold the key to a new door,
Love where you’ve never been before:
You’ve come down your hardest mile.

Been looking through dirty shades of my past,
Everything was built and destroyed fearless and fast.
Faith in the river’s reflection long ago,
I hear it in the breeze as I search the shadows.

Learn to walk again,
Learn to talk again,
Learn to do it while on trial.
As it is as it was before,
It holds the key to a healing door:
You’ve come down your hardest mile.

She wears motorcycle boots and a scarf around her neck.
She shakes off jewelry, she hasn’t been married yet.
I hold her to a new space, it’s cool like a norther’s blue,
She says, “Let me be awhile, just dance, baby, be there, too.

Learn to wish again,
Learn to kiss again,
Learn to do it with a smile.
Fear is what bravery’s for —
Love where you’ve never been before:
You’ve come down your hardest mile.

Singed by hell’s fire,
You’re a survivor —
You’ve come down your hardest mile.

About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.
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