Route Eighty

from by Matthew Henry

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I’m afraid of drowning by my own hands
Eliot brought hyacinths to the Waste Land
Continued off and went to read his fortune
Beware of death by water is what she said

Detroit stuck between blizzards and a car wreck
Chicago didn't listen kept her neck bent
Seattle’s more of a dreamer in the basement
with an old damp door that’s rotting though you paint it

New York, old friend give me something to work with
I did not see your body but you said oh man, oh baby, is this even worth it
I’m going up the country, babe we’re leaving
Of course there’ll be wine, but water is harder to get

I passed Omaha on my way out west
I heard the city on the banks of Missouri
I passed Cheyenne on my way out west
I’ve got Route Eighty to thank for that
and I’ve got Route Eighty to thank

I didn't stop enough or I wouldn't be here yet
I’ve got Route Eighty to thank for that
I’ve got Route Eighty to thank

Billings and Bozeman and I’m fifteen miles from Spokane
I’m ten miles from Spokane, I’m driving through Spokane
I’m three thousand miles from home
Oh I’m three thousand miles from home

Think I’ll pass Cleveland
and straight on to Brooklyn
I know the end is coming
You saw me bleeding
You saw me bleeding
I’ve got Route Eighty to thank for that
But I’m coming home
I’m coming home
and I’m coming home
I’m coming home
I’m coming home.

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from Cascade Land, released April 13, 2017

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Matthew Henry New York, New York

Raised in the Catskills of upstate New York, Matthew Henry now lives in Brooklyn. His multi-instrumental folk sound draws inspiration from childhood migraines, fix-it-all family friends, and long drives on endlessly flat highways.

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