Visit Beautiful Coeur d'Alene

from Forever Only Idaho by Harrison Lemke

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lyrics

Tourists amble on the boardwalk
though it's forty-some degrees.
What on earth could they be looking for
that they think they'll find it here,
in evil times like these?

Long day at concierge/reception
fiddling with the nameplate on your breast.
The lobby's velvet denizens
won't look you in the eye
like you've failed some hidden test.

Friends that you could visit,
back here for a week or maybe two.
Lives full of untold wonders,
or they must be, you suppose;
can't bring yourself to find out if it's true.

Big band playing by the water,
wailing like the kingdom's gonna come.
The mansions gleam like topaz
in the mountain's inky heights,
black sky humming and humming and humming like a big big drum.

One look back at the resort hotel
lighting up the night:
the windows shine like icons, full of hope and truth and life,
but the labyrinth hallways smell like bleach
and the shower heads don't work right.

Tourists amble on the boardwalk
though it's thirty-some degrees,
like sheep without a shepherd,
and the way is growing dark.
God bless all such as these.

credits

from Forever Only Idaho, released March 19, 2021
Harrison Lemke — electric guitar, harmonica, vocals.
Marc Barnes — drums.
Michael Gossett — tenor saxophone.
Caleb Knorr — piano.
Albert Macre — trumpet.
Daniel Merritt — bass guitar, tenor saxophone.

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