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Junkyard Bethlehem (bonus track)

from Chemistry by Theo Hartman



Bonus track. Originally released July 2019. Seems germane.



There’s lotus blooming in the old canal
Painted doorways, perspectival cherubim
And the Francis Scott Key Hotel
Where you bought your wedding dress lifetimes ago

And this one, circling now
Bowstring drawn up in arms
My still beating heart
Lay bare my chest to let his arrows in

Curious, we navigate the right-hand margin of the Civil War
Unjustified past night clubs, tired balconies
Fake sawbones shops and painted-over gore
The kids are gonna have to take
the long way home again
Militia lie in ambush in the orchards for them

I can’t keep finding you out cold
Out of this song, out of your story, out of mind
Maybe your were looking for a place
to lay your bones when it was time
No one ever signs up for the hand we’re dealt
And you made damn sure
None of us have that excuse again

We’ve slipped this knot down-line
So far, so long, so many times
That we can’t recognize a noose
Complain there’s no one left to hang it’s just as well
Not one of us would cut the others down
If we got loose

You carried us ‘cross continent
From Israel Creek to this sweet union blue
Sobbing, cresting, joined in locust song
We celebrate you Red, you brilliant beast
Drunk on pilgrims blood we feast
As we go slouching back into your
Junkyard Bethlehem


from Chemistry, released January 6, 2021

Nicki Gonzales – vocals, heartbeats
Theo Hartman – bass, keys, vocals
Hamilton Belk McKay – pedal steel
Chuck Sabo – drums
Melvin Seals – organ
Jay Stapley – guitar, airCav

Mastered by Andres Mayo.
Copyright 2019.


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