Carriage

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Carriage is what "car" is short for. This title harkens back to a time when cars were a new and amazing invention. This track is one of my personal favorites. I even remember where I was when I first wrote it. It pretty much came out like this. It needed some lyrical adjustments, but it is interesting how much of it was there on the first time through. The lyrics reflect my experience of growing up in small towns as harder and harder times began to take hold -- a hold they still have.

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see that water tower?
it's been there my whole life
across from the high school where I met Michelle
and I know there's a world out there
spittin' mean and tossin' cruel
that's why I'm staying right here

I've got this ol' Oldsmobile that runs me all around
and I drive to clear my mind
there's still a billion barrels of oil in the ground

we've got it good 'round here
I'll attest to that
I know there's people out there living in boxes
I love this town right down to the ground under my feet
I've seen how bad it can be

I've got this ol' Oldsmobile that runs me all around
and I drive to clear my mind
there's still a billion barrels of oil in the ground

this whole town is rotten
I can't get my breakfast down at Charlie's anymore
nothing's open over on Church Street
even Roy's bar is gone

but I've still got this ol' Oldsmobile that runs me all around
and I drive to clear my mind
there's still a billion barrels of oil in the ground

© 2012 Paul Creswell

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from Hopesick, released May 27, 2012

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Paul Creswell Madison, Wisconsin

Paul – born and raised on the Minnesota prairie – currently resides in Wisconsin. When he isn’t doing something musical or tracking environmental public health, he enjoys a copacetic round of croquet.

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