fools on the highway

from by peter j hochstedler

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    Cost covers BOTH June 2012 releases, The Saltpeter Wars and Desert EP, in one double-CD case.

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fools on the highway

ten years since I left my home
and I heard it ain’t there no more
heard it burned with the same fire
that burns in my bag of bones
my god where you taking me?
pulsing veins of a tawny road

with the spinning wheels

fires on the highway
fires in the valley
fires all inside me

dreamer jake packed his pillow stone
he an mose were mesa-bound
and that old spinster miriam was a hippy-child
she up an took her tambourine to the puget sound
my god what you spinning me?
ten years maybe thirty more?
got some mountain up your sleeve?
or a garden home on the pacific shore?

with the spinning wheels
spindle sing and the jenny wail
with the spinning wheels

someone burned the hearse of a house down--
someone dug the trembling mountain out--
anyone is free now--
anyone carried around the bag you were born in--

fools on the highway
fools at the bp
fools in the driver’s sea
fools of a family

fires on the highway!
fires in the valley!
fires all inside me!
ash in my coffee—in my coffee!


from the saltpeter wars, released June 18, 2012
additional melody and harmony arrangements by Angela Willson




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