Warm Keeping

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There’s a little box in the back of my head by the window.
I’ve been buying up seeds with my spare bank notes,
but they're sitting all still just collecting, not blooming.
When my mind gets cluttered, I feel like moving.
If I could figure out what dried up I could water it,
or at least burn the evidence.
I can tell my friends by their smoker’s cough in their breathing these days,
down by the river bed not sleeping.
They’ve coupled off their loneliness for warm keeping,
trying not to do much speaking.
If they tell me where they got off, I could give them a lift,
and we could get out of Brooklyn.
I met a girl west of Sacramento;
Part of her is mine, the other part unsettled.
Sometimes she leaves my bed when the morning's new,
and I hope that she’s not gone when the night comes through.
She told me where she was going and I followed,
bleary-eyed Portland, thin-aired Colorado.
In the east you’re always dreaming about the wild west,
from the sun-soaked weeds of a hill’s crest.
I was staring down those headlights in the August of sweat,
looking for a tear in this city’s fabric.
Gonna find where broken and make my way in,
or I’m gonna just start laughing.


from Song From Far, released January 20, 2015



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Grand Lake Islands Portland, Oregon

"Grand Lake Islands...Rides the link between cerebral folk mysticism and dreamy beach-bum sunshine nostalgia with surprising ease."
-Independent Clauses

Grand Lake Islands is a hazy folk collective led by Portland-based songwriter Erik Emanuelson. Emanuelson’s expressive tenor recalls Nashville Skyline era Dylan and delivers lyrics soaked in metaphors and stark emotional landscapes.
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