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West

West to California, two brothers ride the rails,
hunting white foam beaches and the wild summer gale.
They’ve seen those men with nothing work for nothing all their lives,
and the others dine on diamonds, just to die choking on the shine.

West to California on a train from Omaha,
two brothers ride watching the hills roll into the dawn.
Can you write the story if you take the pen by force?
Will the wind follow you if you try to order its course?

The dream starts feelin’ thin when the hunger’s kickin’ in.
In every joke they tell now there seems another voice laughin’.
They’ve heard it said, there’s a way that seems good that ends only in death.
But don’t worry now, this one ‘aint so good out West.

West to California on a train from Omaha,
two brothers ride, looking ‘round the bend for better thoughts.
Can anybody realize what’s hidden in a heart?
Will you find the inner flow if you strike the stone apart?

The younger said I’m going home and jumped right off the train.
The older tried to stop him but he was too late to save.
He cried and called his name out, but the wheels rolled on ahead.
Black rain sprinklin’ down, nothing more to be said.

West to California on a train from Omaha,
one brother rides lonely to a city where he don’t belong.
Can you play with freedom and not lose it in the game?
Will your fire still burn in the coming hurricane?

credits

from A Wild Hunger, released September 1, 2012
Aaron Fabbrini – bass, baritone guitar
Ben Rosenbush – vocals, acoustic guitars
Eric Songer – trombone
Gus Lindquist – flugelhorn, trumpet
Jacob Hanson– electric guitars
Zach Miller – drums, percussion, hand bells, vibraphone
Group Vocals – Ben Rosenbush, Corrie Patrick, Kip Jones, Jacquilyn Rosenbush, Matt Patrick, Laura Wellington, Lyndsay Peterson, Zach Miller

Engineered by Matt Patrick at The Library
Additional engineering by Aaron Ankrum at the Aerial View Studio, and Jon Serrano at McPherson Studios

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