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The Hardest Thing

by Justin Lavash

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I live in solitude
I stopped living alone
I learned to call my glass house a home
Where I “get it all down” in music and words
I kid myself I’m mapping new terrain
But the loneliest place in the world
-it ain’t a place at all
The loneliest place is pain

On the lam out of Albion
on the quest for my Acadie
I told the girl I could spin gold
out of old bronze guitar strings
Storming the threshold past the point of no return
Praying I would keep her all the way
But the hardest thing in the world
wasn’t getting the girl, no
It was letting her stay
(I let her get away. Some say it was my fate. Some say it was a big mistake, but anyway)

When it all came crashing down in grief and pain
I guess I’d changed
I know I’d changed
And I cry for me and you - how close we came
Coz every time you went away
You were leaving me in the loneliest place in the world
And it was looking like a dead man’s way

Half-dead at the crossroads
I came face-to-face with myself
I said, “Grab it with both hands, man,
It’s pretty much the only thing that you got left”
Old friends don’t seem to call so much
It hurts like hell but I say I don’t mind
Coz to pick the new thing up
(and pick it up I must)
To pick the new thing up, you gotta leave the old one behind


released October 17, 2020
The Hardest Thing
Words/music by Justin Lavash
Recorded at Knak,Teplice
Mixed and mastered by Ian Kelosky
Justin Lavash - Guitar/Vocals
Gejza Sendrei - keys
Simon Lavash - trumpet
Pavel “Košík” Košumberský - percussion
Tonda Moravec - percussion


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Justin Lavash Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic

Justin Lavash (born London 1968) has been based in Prague for 18 years and during that time has established himself as a must-see act on the Czech music scene and abroad. His music crosses borders - somewhere between blues, folk and jazz. His phenomenal guitar playing has left many audiences wondering how so much polyphony can be made by one man on one instrument. ... more

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