Wastelands and Casinos

by Radoslav Lorkovic

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1.
CHORUS Before there was heaven down in New Orleans there was always a place called Elysian Fields come hell or high water throughout history you cross the big river to Elysian Fields They looked to the big muddy when the big wind did blow but from where that water came they never did know as they dodged that bullet or so they were told they went to a place where legends do go CHORUS The Red Sea was parted so long ago where Noah's great Ark went we may never know those two lanes of pavement about ten feet below will take you to heaven either way that you go CHORUS
2.
Emily 02:48
We danced as the forest did burn just over the hill as it lit up the lake you smoked as your cigarette glowed lighting your face like a dim cabaret you sang that song from Quebec with familiar tone which the chorus did change CHORUS Emily que tu chante comme le feu dans la foret do re mi we did sing woody guthrie not so far away I saw a thin plume of smoke a red accordion was strapped to my chest It sang in Italian your hand turned away to the darkening sky we swam like a star in the sea just me and you and an angel or two CHORUS
3.
Brown shiny Lincoln at a four way stop drivin' my car, carryin' all that I got got my foot to the floor, got my windows rolled down ain't gonna stop 'til I hit Memphis town CHORUS Headin' south on a two lane road think I'm losin' control 'fore I get old I just might never go home baby you and me like a river to the sea can't turn around 'til I hit Memphis town I'm tired of cold weather, tired of cold stares tired of monotone voices, with nothing to say I'm tired of motion, tired of fast pace tired of jerking around without rhythm or grace CHORUS I've been to both coasts, even been to Italy I've traveled three continents with regularity every where that I go, every one that I meet could be doctors or lawyers or just people on the streets I hear it in their voice, that unmistakable sound calling me back, time after time CHORUS
4.
Tallest Tree 04:16
Trailers and tallgrass where the buffalo roam scrappy dry oak trees bout a thousand years old just down the lane from old Woody's road dust flies in the mirror rocks ping below CHORUS If a tree fell in the forest did it happen at all? But the silence is deafening when the tallest tree falls Beneath stillwaters plays on the radio Orion's wide belt is starting to show Bibles are thumping just down the road smoke trails from a chimney just ahead of the cold CHORUS When the sun goes down through sand and time its just your light that makes the red dirt shine CHORUS
5.
Troy America 03:39
Well I've seen the whitewater fly Running up - then down the Kootenai I seen those trucks in the clear bright moonlight having just crossed the great divide Nothing like the sound of a White Freightliner gearing down on the highline right here in Troy America There's nothing quite like the sound Of a freight train whistle Seattle bound The mountains sure carry the train bound for glory As its leaving the Rockies behind Nothing like the sound of a freight train smokin bearing down on the highline right here in Troy America I was most certain I found As I stopped to wander around I never heard music like the clear eerie singing from the front porch at the far end of town Nothin' like the sound of a front door slammin' out in clear broad daylight right here in Troy America Nothin' like the sound of a White Freightliner gearing down on the highline right here in Troy ------- America
6.
She was born down on the bayou not far from LaFayette traveling north by northeast steady she hasn't quite stopped yet she wound up on a glacier hanging wide between two falls she's there if you can rise up steady against the wall CHORUS She's my Louisiana Angel In a snow covered land coming in and out of range if you need a helping hand She's my Louisiana angel she always knows who I am Never feel like a stranger as I pass through this land So if you're up in north Montana better think twice before you fall cause its only rollin' steady risin up out of Great Falls you can find it on the radar if the signal starts to fade better check in with your angel all the way from LaFayette CHORUS
7.
Not The Wind 03:47
I heard someone calling through a half open door The rain started falling As they cried out for more Then I felt a distant rumbling the floorboards creaked and groaned the candlelight did flicker dust blew by the window CHORUS Its not the wind crate to crate on some boxcar face to face Its not the wind just the wheels below you and me baby with no place to go No, No Its not the wind We rode all night together like we did so long ago you were light as a feather I swore I'd never let you go As the traffic light was changing I saw the first ray of the dawn My thoughts were rearranging why you were suddenly gone CHORUS BRIDGE I heard it in the distance calling clearly through the night your voice was singing strongly through someone else's mouth CHORUS
8.
I remember the way she caught his eye As if a 747 flew by Just sat there dazed for a while Had the strangest look in his eye CHORUS Cold wind blows the fire still burns Since my friend fell off the edge of the world Can't believe what you might've heard Since my friend fell off the edge of the world Rumors fly we may never learn why my friend fell off the edge of the world I sure hope some day he'll return Since my friend fell off the edge of the world We always found a way to kill time On the secondary gravel so fine Never had to find the white line Drinking as the ditches flew by CHORUS BRIDGE Everything was going just fine We hadn't even crossed the county Then they put him on a firing line He won't be back to tell us this time CHORUS
9.
We kissed as this dream did unfold I knew it'd be gone before too long I brushed the tattoo on your arm just like you played it in your song CHORUS Just share me once and I'll need you all night long Don't scare be now or I'll leave you before long I dare you once just to hear what might go wrong I'll pay the price for this old elusive song I walked the dog down main street where I saw your face on the other end I thought of what I might have said I will always remember when CHORUS I'm writing on a paper bag what should have been said long ago through the sketches of my conscious mind reminds me of my concubine CHORUS
10.
CHORUS Wheels of steel blades of grass way I feel you aint comin' back The UP boys are working on a hundred miles of track by this time tomorrow morning there'll be no turning back CHORUS The sun shines cool and frosty down the two converging tracks I hear a distant rumbling sweat's beading down my back CHORUS As the train hit central city it was swaying side to side the girls there sure are pretty there's just one less round to ride CHORUS
11.
Its headed right down the middle of the road its on a flight plan that's just about to load you can fight for some enigmatic code but you just might never make it home the cold wind is always sure to blow down the back roads of where you've been before the jackknifed semis down the road won't crack under the pressure and the load CHORUS you cant stop the wind in the middle of Wyoming the dust storms in the panhandle will never stop blowing the right wing of a dove wont flap any harder no matter how far you have to get to the border The white sands and missiles pass you by like a straight flush that's handed on the fly the wastelands and casinos of your mind wont bring back those things you left behind your waistband is stretching near and far the wristband they gave you has expired your past life is headed to the bar as you orbit around some failed star CHORUS

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released September 10, 2010

Recorded by Fred Remmert at Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, TX

Produced by Radoslav Lorković

John Inmon: Guitar
Bobby Kallus: Drums
Glenn Schuetz: Bass
Radoslav Lorković: Piano, Vocals

Vocals:
Marie, Annie, and Jeannie Burns - The Burns Sisters
Shawn Davis and Nick Randolph

Photography: Sandy Dyas, www.sandydyas.com

Design: Bryan Peterson, www.peterson.com

Thanks to Jimmy LaFave, Fred Remmert, Kelcy Warren, The Burns Sisters, Stonehoney, Bianca, and Nancy

Thanks to Sandy Dyas for her artistic insight

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