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Open Line

from Through Frames by Lorain

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“Open Line”

It’s cold, hard country between courage and cowardice,
a forgotten kind of place where you barely exist
by the square, blue television frame
you’ll come out on a side someday,
but you get lost while you wait.

I’ve been doing what I can. I’ve been staying true and kind
but nothing that I say is gonna shine above the light
of the wild, blue howling ocean fire
my words are just bruised sky,
of a day that’s getting tired.

I’ve been keeping an open line for you, but there are others who are trying
to get through to me.

Such a frayed little thing, this string on which we hang,
It can’t be pulled too hard when picked up for following
though it might lead to that smokeless little flame
held up somewhere inside,
trying never to be made,
throwing shadows on every face,


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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