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To the River



Tauryn took my hand

she said we’re going to the river

so I followed her like a new toy

pulled down the road by a string



Why we going to the river?

She said, the stars are falling in

Each one that falls turns the water more to blood.

and I think the world’s ending.



If I didn’t know much about this world, I’d say.

Taryn had the prettiest face I’d seen.

Besides she never held my hand before,

and this summer everyone had been so mean.

This summer everyone had been so mean.



At the clearing the stars were fine.

Disappearing only at the glow from town

and the river was what it always was:

a factory shade of murky brown



How’m I gonna pick up all these stars? I said

How’m I gonna clean up all this blood?

How’m I gonna spend these last moments with you

before the fire rains from above?



Tauryn took my hand

she said we’re going to the river

so I followed her like a new toy

pulled down the road by a string

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from More Strange News From Another Star, released April 30, 2013

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James Wallace and the Naked Light Nashville, Tennessee

Once, in an abandoned house, I found a tape of Black Gospel music pirated from a station out of Greensboro in 1967. Like a child of the middle class, I wrote down how it felt. Now we're six or seven together, and loud enough.

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