The Legend of the Wandering Spirit

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Fiction-Prodigal son tale, retold.

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The Legend of Wandering Spirit
by Travis Oberg

He set out on the trail with all his earthly treasure in his pack
He broke the sacred seal with his father, he's never going back
He says, "Now I have these riches in my hand
I don't expect my tribe to understand..."

He met some friendly strangers who helped him find his fantasy and thrills
They granted him their company, as long as he could pay the bills
"I don't care how long my money lasts
As long as I am living, living fast."
It's taken every fiber of his being to put away his past

He is just a prodigal looking for the truth, looking for the truth
Set his feet a-wandering so far away from you, so far away from you
Help him find his way back home

yippie ki yay, yippie ki-yo, yippie ki yey, yo

Well, his friends they took his dignity and left him by this fire here to die
Says "I miss my home and my family I'm tired and I wanna cry."
He hasn't got a penny to his name, he can't go on cause he can't bear the shame
If he returns to his father he'll be a slave and take the blame

Like memory it haunts him, it's the weight of all that's said and done
Like a nightmare in the daylight, his fear chills him to the bone
The anger of his father was so plain, he had brought disgrace upon his name
All these questions and the heartache can make a man insane

He is just a prodigal looking for the truth, looking for the truth
Set his feet a-wandering so far away from you, so far away from you
Help him find his way back home

yippie ki-yay, yippie ki-yo, yippie ki yey, yo

Now the road that he is walkin' is a-winding and his feet move so slow
His body is weary and it's taken him as far as he can go
Will forgiveness be enough to bring in?
He doesn't even know where to begin...

So his father sees him coming down the road just a boy who lost his way
He's running out to meet him and he cries out "Celebrate!"
His father says that he was lost, but now he's found, "He was dead now he's alive safe and sound."
Now he has his family around him, and his feet back on the ground

He is just a prodigal looking for the truth, looking for the truth
Set his feet a-wandering so far away from you, so far away from you
Help him find his way back home

yippie ki-yay, yippie ki-yo, yippie ki yey, yo

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from Library Card, Vol. I, Vol. II & Vol. III, released February 25, 2013
Produced by Travis Oberg & Luke Wiget. Recorded at Hume Lake Studios, Hume, CA.

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