Prodigal Child

from by Heather Styka

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Prodigal Child

It’s been half a year now
What do I have to show
Six days turned to six months
Spring rain turned to summer turned to snow
When new friends become old news
And pass like strangers in the street
And I can’t buy the next round
When I’m barely managing to make ends meet

I had to go
But who could bear coming home the prodigal child
I swear I’m learning something out of all of this
But I’m not quite through with running wild
I’ll get it right this time
But I’m not done running wild

Long ago I took for granted
A bed to rest, a roof over my head
These days I long to make plans
But I just work to make rent instead
Once I talked a big game
And every path was open as the sky
They told me I had what it takes
But lately I’ve been wondering if they lied

I know I’m not the only one on fire
With a feeling I can’t even describe
Everyday we try to tame it
but we can’t even name it
We wonder if there’s more to our lives
We go to work, we drive home
Spend time together and alone
Most days we act like everything is alright
That restless flame burning like a girl in love
Pure and eager and bright

I'll be glad to see them
The childhood friends and the folks back home
I'll tell stories of my new life
But I'll omit the parts where I'm lost and alone
We put on the brave face
It's some part of the truth
And we focus on the good days
Cause that's the only way to make it through


from The Bittersweet Tapes, released February 16, 2016



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Heather Styka Chicago, Illinois

Though rooted in folk and Americana, Chicago singer-songwriter Heather Styka's songs are as fresh as they are memorable, chronicling the human cycles of despair and redemption, and analyzing the importance of places and relationships. Touring nationwide and having received airplay globally, Styka is a familiar face in the Chicago music scene, at venues including Schubas and the Old Town School. ... more


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