Missouri

by Derek Nelson

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The lyrics of MISSOURI, my third EP, were mostly written in my head during many trips from Illinois to Missouri and back again. These are songs about driving and wandering and getting older. Here goes.

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released January 6, 2014

Recorded and mixed by Neil Strauch. Mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room. Recorded at MINBAL in 2013 in Chicago, IL. All songs written by Derek Nelson. Additional musicians: Pete Falknor (organ), Alex Winter (bass), Brian Sharpe (piano, guitar, vocals), Sarah Jane Goldstein (vocals), Philip Vickers (lap steel). © 2013 Derek Nelson.

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Track Name: Bridgeport
dad's got work in bridgeport today
took a train and two buses but he found the way
there's a long gone woman who is asking for change
yeah, dad's got work in bridgeport today.

plainspoken pastor's got tears in his eyes
says he'll figure it out, he just needs some time
he wanted it all, he got it so soon
the calls of the choir just fill the room

dad's got work in bridgeport today
the damp dark forest gettin' further away
the lake and the hills are just bills to pay
yeah, dad's got work in bridgeport today.

i saw a tornado twist a town on its back
saw a city of diamonds, but no one kept track
saw the moon getting heavy in a silver a sky
and i woke up that morning, started asking why
i was 12 years old, put my hands on the wheel
i had figured it out, i knew what was real
i am no one now, but i'm from somewhere
and the moon's getting heavy and it's dark out there.

dad's got work in bridgeport today
the house in the valley will have to wait
we're biding our time and tempting our fate
yeah, dad's got work in bridgeport today.
Track Name: I Am There
i left home that morning to walk these crooked miles
made a home in the wind, returning strangers' smiles
in the morning check your mailbox, take a walk outside
don't write as much as i hoped to, it felt good to pass the time
it felt good to pass the time.

mother, i am there
wherever i will be
the wind took me from you
so you'll have to wait and see.
mother, i am there
when your window's opened up
i may not be beside you now
it'll have to be enough
i am there.

i was feeling nameless, these boots still on my feet
the summer left me aimless, spinning circles in the street
but brother i will call your name out by the railroad tracks
the sound bouncing at me now, is that you howling back?
is that you howling back?

brother, i am there
wherever i will be
the wind took me from you
so you'll have to wait and see.
brother, i am there
at the bars and at the lake
the dream doesn't die
no, we all just come awake.
i am there.

all we kept inside us, and all we left behind
all the rolling engines still turning in our minds.
i will be there with you when our grayest day goes black
the sound bouncing at you now, it's just me howling back.
it's just me howling back.

mother, i am there
wherever i will be
the wind took me from you
so you'll have to wait and see
mother, i am there
when your window's opened up
i may not be beside you now
it'll have to be enough
i am there.
Track Name: Gaslight Manor
Oh, I went up to Gaslight Manor
with some wine I’d held on to
And I looked up, and in a cold drunk stammer,
asked the last time they saw you.
The clouds were swirling white
Your sister run inside
But the voices were there
they were howling like headwinds
they were breaking like waves in the bay
But it's the strong, not the heavy hearts
that are rarest in these parts
Now I've just got my wine
and you've got a start.

I was there skimming my bible
when the manhunt shook this town
and I was there when that big door wobbled
'fore the Glasgow took it down.
They were writing out their wills
when the cops crossed up that hill
and by eleven that night
They were hanging like portraits
They were gone like some good memory.
And it’s the clear, not the sorry eyes
That are rarest since that night
Oh, I’ve got just got my wine
now you’ve got a fight.

I took my turn, started driving like the rain
when Tulsa gave that wheel a nudge.
And I’d return as the wind-weary traveler
I walked the world but I never looked up.
I could tell that you weren’t there
in the streets or the market square
It’s so easy to find you
You sing like a reason
You stare like some new emerald.
But it’s the gold, not the gilded songs
That are best sung once you’re gone
Oh, I’ve just got my wine
now I'll just sing along.

I packed by bags, I dissolved out west
she knew me as a blond-haired child
My head was lagged, the sun was a test
and the coast was an ancient smile.
My eyes were lost at sea for days
found something to make me stay
but I remembered you still
Yeah, you walk like a dancestep
you float like the smoke on a fire.
But who I’ve loved and all I’ve done
It’s all the same to me but one
Oh, I’ve got just got my wine
now you’ve got the sun.

I lay down on a day like tomorrow
The wine seeps out like a soul.
And I let go of the you I borrowed
when the world was vulnerable.
There were bullet trains and fields
cathedrals and ferris wheels
and there I lay just counting my blessings
I was filling where you once belonged.
But all our boys will fall
when wars and women call
Oh, I’ve just got my wine
now you’ve got it all.