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Only Idaho, Forever

from Forever Only Idaho by Harrison Lemke

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    A shiny screen-printed CD in a 6-panel card case with exclusive artwork and a prose poem sort of thing in the way of liner notes. Look at it and think of the cool waters and monolithic pines of scenic North Idaho.

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Last night everything froze over;
it's back to work today.
The cars warming up out in the weekday street:
the sound of someone else's money being made.

And the highways curve,
and the trucks barrel down them like pain down a nerve,
but there's only one place they ever go:
forever only Idaho.

Billboards proclaiming salvation
all the way to work,
but if it's Christ or the Powerball or quitting cigarettes,
well — it's hard to tell for sure.

And a song comes on,
one that made you feel better in days that are gone,
but there's only one place the echoes go:
forever only Idaho.

Fools with dollar signs for eyes
have been selling you your life
one weekend at a time, saying you'll go far,
but you're still nowhere, so far.

And the ponderosa pines leave their branches behind
like they're trying to leave the ground,
and sometimes they drop a load of snow into the snow
and it disappears without a sign or a sound,

and they stand so tall,
like they're made for more than power lines and dirty strip malls,
but there's only one place they'll ever grow:
forever only Idaho.
Forever, only Idaho.


from Forever Only Idaho, released March 19, 2021
Harrison Lemke — electric guitar, acoustic guitar, tambourine, vocals.
Marc Barnes — drums.
Caleb Knorr — piano.
Daniel Merritt — bass guitar.


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