Character Study On Cumberland Ave.

from I Saw The Wreckage by Juniper Ginger

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It's dark and you're just waking up
My pity will not save you but you'll see it as some luck
Like a free breakfast we all pretend you earned
Or the way I shout your name above the names I never learned
In their windbreakers and uncomfortable neckties
Hey kid, you're alright

It's dark when you finally stumble home
From carving out a space to bury one more bag of bones
That you chewed and spit and crushed beneath your feet
You know her taste still lingers in the gaps between your teeth
So you gag, and you drink to forget

Have you considered the weight of that walk?
A taller tale with every block
Spinning fiction round your ankles until you can't trust your own feet
Unsteady on her street
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
I'm still trying to kill my pain, too

It's dark and the words are coming quick
The sensation is apparent if the meaning never is
Until I hang that apron on my bedroom door
Crumpled guest check tickets spread like maps across the floor
Next to birthday gifts and love I'd love to use
It's all for you

Go run from this city and into the tide
The space between the earth and sky
Sink into daylight and let the nightmares pass
Trust me, they always pass
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know

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from I Saw The Wreckage, released November 19, 2016
Alex Millan - vocals, guitar
Sarah LeMieux - guitar
Gretchen Frazier - fiddle
Glenn Stevens - mandolin
Alex Svensen - bass
Brendan LeMieux - percussion

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Juniper Ginger Portland, Maine

Juniper Ginger is the solo project of Portland, Maine songwriter Alex Millan. Her songs are mostly honest stories about the people and places she encounters. When heard live, sparse accompaniment invites listeners to get lost in the poetry.

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