Milltowns

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Mark Erelli - vocal, acoustic, baritone & tenor guitars, mandolin, bass, drums, percussion
Rose Cousins - vocal
Sam Kassirer - accordion

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You were a legend when I met you
Introduced by a mutual friend
I laughed when you called me “Grasshopper”
Though I didn’t know what it meant

We stayed up all night drinking
Most of it is still a blur
But I remember picking along
while you sang every song
By Mississippi John Hurt

And the way you got so serious
When you told me you invented the blues
Then you smiled in that way I could never tell
If you didn’t really think it was true

Now I’m driving through these milltowns
Down empty moonlit streets
Where the vacant storefront windows look like missing teeth
They disappear into my rearview
All along the rural route
I pray for all that can’t be rescued
After everything goes south

On a split bill up in Portland
I was getting ready to go on
You said “Grasshopper, you sing ‘Birches’
I’ve been singing it for too long”

So I sang it like I’d written it
Though I wished you hadn’t asked
I couldn’t shake that feeling
Like something had been passed

You watched from behind the curtain
And I never will forget
How your pulling on that bourbon
Looked like Russian Roulette

Now I’m driving through these milltowns
Down empty moonlit streets
Where the vacant storefront windows look like missing teeth
They disappear into my rearview
All along the rural route
I pray for all that can’t be rescued
After everything goes south

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Mark Erelli - vocal, acoustic, baritone & tenor guitars, mandolin, bass, drums, percussion
Rose Cousins - vocal
Sam Kassirer - accordion

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from Milltowns, released September 9, 2014
written by Bill Morrissey (Dry Fly Music/BMI, administered by Bug Music)

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Mark Erelli Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Erelli completed a masters in evolutionary biology just after his self-titled debut was released in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, and has 7 records to his name, including collections of western swing, lullabies and songs of stirring social conscience. In recent years, he has gained notoriety as a mulit-instrumentalist sideman with artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter. ... more

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