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Midwest Red

from Through Frames by Lorain

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“Midwest Red”

Trouble’s never hard to find when you are the highway kind.
Can’t make a quarter from a dime, I understand you’re tired of trying. Why didn’t you stay and rest in old Virginia West?
But you snuck out in the night I guess, dead on your back in Indianapolis.

Somewhere north near Lorain, in the sky over Ohio, you hang.

Empty kettle on the stove over coils full of fire.
Isn’t that what did you in, dry of hope, full of desire?
I’m not trying to suppose we make a songbird from this crow--
Trim a grizzled beak, bend an honest note. I know you think yourself a crow.

Somewhere north near Lorain, in the sky over Ohio, you hang.

Under the Erie moon--the midwest red
as it’s rusting through 80 like a run on sentence-- I can hear you sing.


from Through Frames, released September 25, 2018


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Lorain Portland, Oregon

Lorain plays woozy American music. Singer Erik Emanuelson's expressive tenor, which recalls ghosts of Nashville Skyline era Dylan and the late Jason Molina, floats over lush textures and the band's understated groove.

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