Madras Greyhound Line

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One of my earliest, my signature song.

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Last night Matt drove his truck up to the mountain
twelve miles down the road is where they found him
now a case of beer won't kill a man that size
but in the morning he'll be wishing that he'd died

Now he's sitting in jail again
for another ninety days
tried to ask him why
but he didn't have much to say
he said I used to be a dreamer, but dreaming doesn't pay
and the Greyhound line to Madras closed today.

The judge said his blood level was way too high
it was reckless and it was wrong to try to drive
Matt said, I know the risks of liquor, and they're real
but I was the only one up there to kill

Now he's sitting in jail again
for another ninety days
tried to ask him why
but he didn't have much to say
he said, I used to be a lover, but love just fades away
and the Greyhound line to Madras closed today

now that mountain road was empty, nobody died
just another routine DU - double I
cuz the dreams of the pioneer's long dead out there
and it's hard to find the will to change when you just don't care

Now he's sitting in jail again
for another ninety days
tried to ask him why
but he didn't have much to say
he said, I used to be a believer, but Lord I've lost my way
and the Greyhound line to Madras closed today
and the Greyhound line to Madras closed today

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from Kira Lesley - EP, released May 19, 2014

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Kira Lesley Portland, Oregon

I'm a storyteller who uses song to explore the human condition. I am drawn to the universal struggles and stories of folk music and questions of authenticity in music and life. I was born and raised in the City of Roses. I'm a graduate student in Public History and my other research areas include addiction, mental health and religion. ... more

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