White to Grey

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Somewhere past the tree line fence
we were hungry children
staring at piñata hits, stumbling over fire pits.
sitting in the smoke as we wait
our heads and the light grew faint.
I really must say, they cast you in the strangest shade.
Now I might say you wandered away.
Now the white it turns to grey,
and the grey it remains
The house I love is in the mud,
barely breathing from three flights up.
Cheeks of red from your wine of white,
howling in the silence at night.
But we are hardly wolves in the light,
we just sit and watch it rot and writhe.
You could have come but you stayed behind,
and I wandered out west into those pines
Now you might say I wandered away
that the white it turned to grey
and the grey, it remains.
Tomorrow you could come back, but it don’t mean that
we didn’t wander out past, the very, very last
fence on the hill, through the tall grass.
What’d you carry off? What’d you bring back?
Now I might say we wandered away
that the white it turned to grey
and the grey, it remains.

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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."
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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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