Goin' Through the Motions

from Friday by Tom Ingersoll

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"Goin' Through the Motions" is an introspective and retrospective look at growing up and growing old with no regrets. Songwriter Tom Ingersoll calls this his midlife anthem. Robby Baier shares writing credits.


Woke up in the morning
Wondering where I’d been
Crawled into the boy’s room
Shaving off my chin
Runnin’ out the back door, kicking up the grass
In and out of trouble, but showin’ up for class

And so the years went by
Just tryin’ to do my best
Goin’ through the motions

Was goin’ out my front door
Swearin’ at my lawn
Fumbled for the car keys
And drove into the dawn
Starin’ out the window
Thinking of the kids
Puttin’ in those long days
Fillin’ up that empty fridge

So the days went by
Tryin’ to do my best
Goin’ through the motions

Who knows the reason why
So many years went by
So hard I tried and tried
A lifetime spent in the blink of an eye
A drop falls in the ocean

Tendin’ to my garden
Summer on the hill
Funny how those lazy afternoons
Keep on comin’ still
Summer into spring time
Winter into fall
Looking in the rearview mirror
Rememberin’ it all

So a life goes by
I’d do it all again
All the things I’ve said and done
Whoever I have been
I’m not running out of time
Just comin’ ‘round the bend
Goin’ through the motions


from Friday, released April 21, 2018
Tom Ingersoll: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Rain Stick.

Robby Baier:
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Backing Vocals.

Steve Ide: Lead Guitar


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