Eddy in the Alder

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The barkeep remembers me
Blacked out in the street
Face down in a flower bed dream
In a tiny town
All the lights go out
And all the stumbling boys go home alone

To their mothers, hands on their hips
Crawling out of their wranglers and into their beds

The creek ran black
The morning you went back
To the Pacific Northwest on a couple hours of sleep
One working headlight and a deadline to meet

If things don't work out like they should
Was it predetermined from before we ever knew
Anyone else, even ourselves
Or what it was like to sit in the dark

Under a sky of LED constellations
Poor bastards stranded high up on the bivy ledges
Deep lake to the Cirque, wading out into the water
Waiting it out until the clouds roll over

You and me
Maybe, let's just see
Because there're things that you need to know
I've been told
That I'm mechanical
That I'm always at a distance and never realistic

Always analyzing the past
Rearranging the deck chairs long after the impact
But I wanna see you again
In Wyoming or Oregon

'Cause you might be my Eddy in the alder
And I could be your Gus in the brush
I used to think no one would ever understand
But I'm wagering that you maybe can


from Wives' Tales, released June 8, 2017



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