Kerouac Girl

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Your mother told you to go and see it while you’re young
So you kissed her goodbye and got on a flight to California
Drawing your own lines across the country
Connecting the dots from the ghost towns to the big cities

An acid hit on the Vegas Strip it’s a scene a don’t remember
Johnny Depp on a flashback trip riding on that elevator
You told me it’s an old wives’ tale that you don’t believe in
You told me that you only met yourself after you let yourself start breathing

I’ve got no idea where this goes from here
I guess it goes on

I met a stripper in a bar, a street performer in the park
And a young black man in a basement pool hall shooting in the dark
Where I saw you in that flannel blue standing in the corner
All the boys were walking on broken glass and drinking themselves to death to get your number

I’ve got no idea where to go from here
But you gotta go in your own direction

I felt like I was falling in love but it was probably the booze building up in my blood
Because the song that you sang in your sleep was not for me
Now and then I wonder about if you’re a roman candle flickering out
Or spidering across the stars

Maybe our paths will cross again or maybe they won’t
I heard you were living in Bend before you ended up back home
It’s funny how that rubber band pulls you back
After all the miles you covered and time elapsed

I’ve been down that road before, east and North to Upstate New York
Where the wind and the stunted pines whisper lies at the tree lines
Oh your stuck in my memory like a repeating melody
Like a repeating melody


from Wives' Tales, released June 8, 2017



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