Gaslight Manor

from by Derek Nelson



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.


from Missouri, released January 6, 2014



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