Leaving Texas

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I fell in love with Texas through the people I met at the Kerrville Folk Festival, which is unlike any other festival in the country. It’s an 18 day campout---like Woodstock for songwriters. I drove there 2,500 miles (one way) on a whim, and when I showed up the first person I met said ‘Welcome Home’. Nowadays, traveling around, every once in a while I’ll meet someone who will ask me ‘Are you from Texas?’ and I can’t think of nicer thing to say to a stranger except maybe ‘Welcome Home’.

A HUGE Thanks to Dalis Allen and the late, great Rod Kennedy (The ‘RodFather’) and the folks at the Kerrville Folk Festival who changed my life; To Deb Rouse and Lindsey Lee for giving the ‘New Folk’ tribe a ‘Home’ at Rouse House; and all the friends I’ve made and the amazingly talented songwriters I’ve met around the campfire.

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Leaving Texas
By Dan Weber © 2015 Highway142Music (ASCAP)

I fell in love with Texas through the people I met at the Kerrville Folk Festival, which is unlike any other festival in the country. It’s an 18 day campout---like Woodstock for songwriters. I drove there 2,500 miles (one way) on a whim, and when I showed up the first person I met said ‘Welcome Home’. Nowadays, traveling around, every once in a while I’ll meet someone who will ask me ‘Are you from Texas?’ and I can’t think of nicer thing to say to a stranger except maybe ‘Welcome Home’.

Today you’re leaving Texas, as if I couldn’t tell
Your bags are packed; you ain’t lookin’ back; now it’s time to wish you well
So I’ll kiss you and tell you, your journey’s just begun
But no matter how far you roam, this is where you’re from

Chorus:
So you can go to California, I hope your dreams come true
And you can leave Texas behind, but Texas will never leave you

Times were tough; hope I did enough, to start you on your way
Forgive me too, for feelin’ as blue, as the Texas sky today
Remember I taught you: You give it all you have to give
‘Cause that’s where the Heart of Texas, the Heart of Texas lives

Repeat Chorus

Well I know you need to go, but please understand
If you think about comin’ back, you just get here as fast, as fast as you can

Chorus:
So you go to California, and I’ll wait here for you
‘Cause you can leave Texas behind, but Texas will never leave you
You can leave Texas behind, but Texas will never leave you
You can leave Texas behind, but Texas will never leave you

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from What I'm Lookin' For, track released March 21, 2015
Dan Weber: Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Paul Brainard: Dobro
Tim Connell: Mandolin
Arthur Parker: Electric Bass
Anders Bergstrom: Drums
Rob Stroup: Percussion, Harmony Vocals

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Dan Weber Vancouver, Washington

Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The classic mid-life overnight sensation.” An ex-Park Ranger, he began at performing at 40 and in a few short years was winning over audiences with inspired performances & hilarious stories from the roads he’s traveled. The Legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” ... more

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