Craters of the Moon

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lyrics

I drove with you through Craters of the Moon
We fought about the air conditioning
We didn't know your time was coming soon
We didn't know that my condition would be worsening
Well, anyway, we had the windows down 
The blackened earth stood stark against the sky
My arm was getting blisters from the sun
Your leg was getting restless from the drive

It was almost like a dream:
The ground grew hot and bubbled beneath our feet
Cause the earth let out a scream
Sixty thousand years ago
And spilled its heat
To scour a path from here way down to Yellowstone
Having lifted up the Cascades and melted Idaho
Where you and I, we fought about the radio
At Craters of the Moon

I knew I'd have to tell this to you soon
I still tell you things, even though you're gone
It's Spring, I'm driving back across the Moon
As I make my way without you to Oregon
I think of how we carried ourselves then
Your neck craned upward in wonder, my own frame doubled over and in
I was horny, scared, and faking
You just stared, slack-jawed at God's creation

We didn't know - Lord, how could we have known?
That death was bubbling up from underneath your skin
We didn't know - Lord, how could we have known? 
That love would make me a stranger to my own blood kin
No, like everybody else, we drove to Yellowstone
To see the sleeping giant for an hour, then go home
And then you drove home to North Dakota
And so did I, was sitting right beside you
And now I Drive West to Portland, Oregon
Cause there are things we just beat up until they're gone
Like that busted, listin' boat we called your body
And how I'm driving in a car that is empty

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from Strange Flesh, released June 27, 2019
Steve Slagg (piano, vocals)
John Gargiulo (12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Cathy Kuna (cello)
Lee Ketch (bass, backing vocals)
Kit Shields (backing vocals)

Music and lyrics by Steve Slagg

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God-haunted, gay-of-center weird singer-songwriter with death problems

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