Spurs

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"If Sergio Leone had made a Western starring Roy Orbison, this might have been the theme song. Also, that would have been a truly odd film. Spurs was initially inspired by the drive up Kanan-Dume road, over the mountain, where hairpin turns open up into startling vistas of the glistening blue Pacific, before weaving back down to the Pacific Coast Highway and the beaches of Malibu. That winding road returning to the ocean felt like a juicy metaphor at the time, although the song is really about reaching a point in your life where you realize that the ocean as metaphor is a lot less compelling than the ocean as ocean."

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SPURS

Your spurs are jingling
in a memory of black leather tingling;
Let's find a way to get back there,
and be not afraid

Your bones are crumbling
like the boulders of a mountainside tumbling;
Let's make our way to the ocean,
and be not afraid

of the consequences, and all their paranoid companions
as we snake our way through the canyons
until we bottom out at the sea

My hands stopped quivering
minor seizures that have stopped delivering
messages from just beyond the ether;
We drink afternoons

Gin, Progesterone
and the paralyzing fear that we're alone
makes us almost cling to the humdrum;
The fatted calf's domestic conundrum
Until we bottom out at the sea

(Instrumental Interlude)

...and all their paranoid companions
as we snake our way through the canyons
until we bottom out at the sea

Copyright 2017 by Ward White, Sutpen's Hundred Music

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from As Consolation, released May 30, 2017

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Ward White Los Angeles, California

Prolific art-rocker Ward White returns with his tenth album, As Consolation. Employing his signature croon, White's narratives evince the hazy disconnect of a stranger in a strange land. A distinctly cinematic California postcard, As Consolation echoes the melancholy ache of classic Scott Walker, 70's era Bowie, and the heyday of Roxy Music. ... more

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