Three Blocks From Sketchy

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They call me “Side Trips” Quinn it's a name I've earned
For all the times that I have turned
From the main drag onto a tangential road
Now the interstate system is fast and efficient
For most folks A to B is sufficient
But I prefer a more circuitous mode

Oh the places we've been the things we've seen
The good the bad the in between
Most times it works out pretty well
We are perpetually late
Curiosity seals our fate
But oh the stories we could tell

Out where the pavement is unlined
Might be smack dab in the middle of sublime
But please keep this in mind
We wind up three blocks from sketchy from time to time

He took a wrong left turn and then another
So determined to discover
Mechanical creations of a strange french man
The neighborhood was looking mighty grim
He took one more left though the odds were slim
Saying two wrongs don't make a right but three lefts can

Well the neighborhood was in decline
But she's exaggerating its decline
And the man we met was brilliant and fascinating
He made a wind-up doll that took a drink
Turned and gave Christine a wink
It was amazing work he'd spent his life creating


There's dinosaur world and miniature Graceland, art cars, Saltville, the button man
A beer can house made of empty beer cans, These guys have too much time on their hands
Giant garden gnome and a giant guitar, the toenails of Elvis on display in a jar,
A taxidermy dog as a tap in a bar, some folks take it just a little too far

Whirligigs made from recycled signs, the tiniest church, the biggest ball of twine
Airstream trailers all stood up in a line some of this stuff will really blow your mind
Teepee motel and a dog mausoleum, yards full of yard art ad nauseum
A teapot shaped teapot museum if you never leave the highway you're never gonna see 'em

If you think it's all about the stuff then you don't know me well enough
I want to meet the folks that create this roadside art
Maybe catch a glimpse or just a feeling the kind that sets my senses reeling
I want to know what's in their minds and in their hearts


from So Many Stars, released July 1, 2017
Aidan - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Christine - vocals, bass
Tom Prasada Rao - banjo, mandolin, accordian



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