Better Beaches

from by Cousin Dud



Oh I guess it has been some years
since i seen her last
that sawtooth girl that froze up my bones
and turned my blood to sap
it was up there in the rust belt
where they strip mined all the hope
the clouds were chipped like marshmallow flint
the sky was full of holes
sweet angel Iron
queen of the virgin pine
comes a time
when i spent all that was mine
but they got better beaches
on the other side of the lake
and i will reach those shores
if i have to swim
with the bouquet between my teeth.
Hazy were the lines
and hazy so was me
but when she said I wasn't myself
who else would I be
I'll meet her in the water
see how deep it goes
see how fast we sink
see how far we float
Cherokeelo kid of the casino
makes his bets in a red Corvette
in the washed out reservation roads.


from The Faded, released March 10, 2014



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