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Cowboy kitsch, "Route 66," and trying to relive the "good ol' days." (What year is it again?)

lyrics

hook:
I've got a photograph
time suspended for us
do you get the feeling
life is passing you by
stuck in a photograph
nostalgia is dangerous
if you’re not moving
you’re falling behind

reading “The Moviegoer” and sipping tequila with lime
losing at blackjack and keno, drowning my sorrows in wine
night after night in adobe motels with the walls painted turquoise blue
I should go home now, but there’s no home to go home to

we could have a plot of land
our own little patch of sand
a trailer hitch on “66”
that overlooks the Rio Grande

everybody needs comfort
everybody needs a home
everybody needs a body
everybody needs to roam

hook:
I've got a photograph
time suspended for us
do you get the feeling
life is passing you by
stuck in a photograph
nostalgia is dangerous
if you’re not moving
you’re falling…

lights descend over the Sandia
chrome descends on the avenue
all the players choose their fiction
while losers like us lick our wounds
what in the world has this life come to
how in the world did things come to this
there’s no road from here to redemption
for failing to follow your bliss

bridge:
I could have been your star
watching your spotlight from above
and I
I should have listened to myself
and not the doubt
that the doubters called love

but instead

here I am in the middle of the desert
sun beating down upon my head
feeling close to spirits and nature
another year older and closer to dead

credits

from New Mexico, released July 15, 2016
Lyrics & music: M. Jones
All vocals & instruments: M. Jones

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Men of Science, Men of Faith New York, New York

Men of Science, Men of Faith is a project of NY-based artist Mike Jones. Inspired by a road trip through New Mexico in early 2015, "New Mexico" is simultaneously a love letter to the state and a meditation on the myth of the Old West and the American experience of the 20th century, from Route 66 kitsch to the atomic bomb. ... more

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