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Friday, May 09, 2008

Reminder: Saturday Music

by folkbum

I know you're all already planning on being there, but just in case it slipped your mind for a second, remember that the Portage Road Songwriters Guild will be playing tomorrow, Saturday, May 10, at the Coffee House in Milwaukee. To whet your appetite a little, here are the lyrics to one of the new songs I'll be playing tomorrow:
Parking Lot Lights
© Jay Bullock 2007

I’m standing in the parking lot lights
Of a brand new Ikea
Somewhere between the 60 foot Jesus
And the Creation Museum
This used to be fields where we’d lay
And watch the stars go by
But those stars are gone gone gone
Gone into the lights

They built a new interstate ramp
To build these chains around
And they’re building new wings on every
Warehouse church in town
And the woods behind my parents’ house
Became houses twice that size
The woods are gone gone gone
Gone into the lights

The little one-room church
I grew up going to
Has given up its land to the road
To make more lanes than two
And they straightened out the curve
Where my daddy nearly died
Now it’s gone gone gone
Gone into the lights

The fountains in the business parks can run a city dry
There’s not a single sidewalk anywhere in sight
The valleys are full of condos, the hills are flatter now
Give the people what they want, it doesn’t matter how

I’m standing in the parking lot lights
Of someplace I don’t know
Where the people worship size
And the people worship roads
The people don’t even notice
Just get in their cars and drive
They’re gone gone gone
Gone into the lights
The 60-foot Jesus, by the way, is quite real.

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