Nostalgia

words & music by Chris LaVancher © 2018 BMI

There was a single flashing red light
In the center of my town
Three blocks of businesses
‘Til the Walmart shut ‘em down
But I grew up in better days
When five and dimes were still a thing
Dad worked in the Foundry
Turning metal into springs

Every man could get a job
If he was willing to work hard
Get himself a family
A house, a car, a yard
Kids could play from dawn to dusk
Hide and seek and kick the can
TV was good back then
With Jonny Carson and Ed McMahon

Chorus:
They say you can’t go back again
It’s just your memory of how things were back then
Nostalgia paints a picture bright
But it don’t always get it right

Mom was in the kitchen
Always there for us kids
Kept our house neat and clean
And kept her dreams well hid
Laundry in the morning
Dust and sweep the afternoon
Set the dinner right on time
That’s all she was allowed to do

She told me once, she thought that she
Could make more of her life
More than just a mother
And more than just a wife

Chorus:
They say you can’t go back again
It’s just a memory of how things were back then
Nostalgia paints a picture bright
But it don’t always get it right

Yesterday she voted for a woman president
83 years of holding her truth self-evident
But this country is divided
Things went the other way
Dad voted for the man who’d bring him
Back to those good old days

But my mother she’s a dreamer
She’s not the kind to quit
She’s stepping out to rallies
In a pink hat that she knit

Chorus:
And she won’t go back again
To someone’s fantasy of how things were back then
Nostalgia paints a picture bright
But it don’t always get it right