Postdiluvian Homesick Blues

from Fertile Crescent Blues by Harrison Lemke

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Turned up another cache of human bones
down in the wet dirt, where the sweetest grapes grow,
skulls still adorned for their last festivals,
so cruel but so beautiful
when last they sang with life.
when last they sang with life.

Found the steps to some high place
jutting up into infinity, then dropping off halfway.
Remember when they said we'd surely die
if we ever were to climb this high?
Well, the joke's on them.
But it isn't very funny now.

Do you recall them marching in the street,
bronze gleaming volcanic in the evening heat?
And the women dancing up and down the street?
And the hands clapping? And the strings bending?
Do you remember what it sounded like?
Do you remember what it sounded like?
Do you remember?
Do you remember?


from Fertile Crescent Blues, released May 27, 2016
HPL - voices, 6-string & 12-string guitars, bass, harmonica.




Harrison Lemke Austin, Texas

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