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Still kicking around this shoebox town
There’re shops I don’t go in much anymore
Like flowers pressed in a book
Open once a year to look then put em back up on a shelf

I showed up with my suitcase
And woke up six years later after a heavy rain
And I found that the terrain,
The whole geography had changed and I had too

Razor wire memories, they know just where to cut.
I don’t need any enemies, I hurt myself enough
Why remember
Why remember at all

I was just some Rodeo
Looking at that bull with lover’s eyes
At 20 years she let me ride
Oh and bucked me to the side eight seconds later.

Not much left from those years,
Just a pair of spurs that never seemed to work
And that necklace that was hers,
That for years I wore, I think it’s around here somewhere

A silver star belt buckle and a turquoise ring
Who knew I’d be brought to my knees by such a little thing
Why remember, Oh I remember
Why remember, remember it all

Time ever brings me forward
Just a pilgrim searching for an honest wage
And though that bronco had me down
There’s still a little fight in this old town, I think I’ll stay

But the flowers picked for every girl
Who came and went still rope me to the ground
Johnny Jump Ups, Hollyhocks,
Bleeding Hearts, Forget-Me-Nots how I recall

The fields where they were gathered and the freshness of the blooms
Their fragrance should be long gone but I’m drunk on their perfume
Why remember, Oh I remember
Why remember, Oh I remember
Why remember they know just where to cut
Why remember I hurt myself enough
Why remember, remember at all


from All These Dotted Lines, released May 10, 2016



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Beverly Stokes Ithaca, New York

A singer-songwriter with roots in the classical tradition, Beverly writes songs that embody "an extraordinary mixture of poetry and observation, a gentle lyricism that seems to arise simply, organically from [their] experience and observation."

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