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In the backwater lights
Of the town where my parents were
Raised from the cornfields
And freed in the pines
They thought they made diamonds
And praised it a miracle
But it wasn't miracle
It was more of a crime

Burnin the hours away
When the ones left behind
Couldn't pay the price
For twisting in the light
Some breaks you buy

One grandma was born
Somewhere in Arkansas
Where the orphan train rattled 
Left her mother a bride
The other one hailed
From the Upper Peninsula
Where the miners still miss her
‘Cause she always wore white

The bartender's brother
Drank all the liquor
And slept in the back room
With his twin to the side
And my grandfather's sister
Had 6 boys and 3 girls
Who never quite knew
When their dad would arrive

We lived on Belmont
Not too far from Addison
They’d visit on Sundays
With diamonds to find
And we'd listen to baseball
On a broken old radio
With the tv turned quiet
Beneath the flickering lights

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from City of Vines, released June 30, 2017

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