Stamp Sand Shores

by Gratiot Lake Road

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1.
Freda 04:37
turn left then drive till the road ends we’ll park above the old mine rows of these lifeless old houses where the streetlamps don’t shine the sound of the waves on the shore is haunting our dreams above and below stars shine and dance in the trees on freda shore on top of my car your hand clasped tight around your guitar we’ll stay out all night just to watch the stars and when the sun shines we’ll be so far from home
2.
I-75 05:35
the yard was dimly lit that night when we crept up into the yellow light from the window we left our footprints in the snow then swept them up so that no one could know we had survived remember how you lit that match then let it burn burn your fingers black like my eyes a hundred years of memories and the children are asleep upstairs up those wooden stairs the neighbors they stare we watch it burn to the ground we drove up north and changed our names you grew a beard i covered my face with a grey scarf and they stared we couldn’t care we’ll watch them burn
3.
Jerusalem 03:20
jerusalem righteous city holy mountain where water rages black beneath the moon and stars all beautiful and lonely shouting out i only have time to waste on dark damp houses a light shines bright across the bay a sleepless city marching to the pounding beat of industry smokestacks rising up and i kick off my shoes and now the shots ring out leaves are changing red and green so are we spin me round the apple tree is ready these boots are getting heavy and the water calm beckons to our bodies to churn it like the pools of bethesda
4.
Dollar Bay (free) 03:46
dollar bay is taking bets on when we’ll lose the road and i’ve got money on tomorrow i’ve got money for the show show me what you mean by what you say when we walk through the downtown rage your fiery sermons that blow smoke we drive all night watch the moon and stars take flight to give way to the morning but the skies have given warning because the sun is spoolen up inside a mason jar on my staircase i will take my best guess only if you’ll take my worst in tamarack the people are all lonely and rehearsed where shadows billow up on every side and ghosts unite on sixth street’s a cathedral built from fury and delight i take delight in everything you have done wrong tonight and the passengers are watching and the engine’s slowly stopping and you’re carving out my mind and leaving it to die on M-26 change your mind for pocket change and change your plans for me and i will change my name for you and i’ll tell of all i’ve seen so watch your mouth and bite your tongue and keep your fingers crossed and maybe i will finally break free of winter’s dross but there’s a cost everything has a cost and the women that you loved before well they’re out breaking down the door and i’m sealing up my love inside a mason jar for a brighter day
5.
pray for mercy on this place pray for mercy on this place because the good lord’s coming he’s raining down fire like at sodom and he has turned his face we come from homes that pray we work most every day we won’t worry about money someday it’s all saved away someday
6.
Ann 04:33
candle flickers casting shadows on the wall that shudder with each passing train whose haunting bellows in the night seem so lonely against this warm light i can’t sleep for the thirst and he can’t sleep for fear that life will move on without him and you are somewhere else entirely maybe you were once him and he was me ann dear what you got on chicago rows of homes and a beautiful name streetlights made of whiskey and that pretty song you shamed sketching shadows on the wall with smoke and ink as winter rages on and i wonder when you’ll be home again but tonight will spend alone again snow is falling down outside in the city lights and the living room is bright with the coming night and the promise of a better life
7.
Chicago 07:37
winter is cold and your grey eyes don’t help my spine is bent your hair’s falling out i can tell the train was late but we arrived on time we sit and wait with your hand in mine or the other way about we went to chicago to fall in love again just off the train and you held your hands round my waist and i stayed the children are grown it’s just you and i in silence we sit and sip on red wine then you laugh fourteen flights of linoleum above in this old hotel room i find i’m in love with you still the city is made from smoke and old breath built upon time and ashes with coals that glow red
8.
9.
engine turns beneath my feet my face is in my hands and we are losing our heads to find some peace in them but the stitches are too loose and they are coming out too soon the sun will rise the stars will go to sleep the man in the moon he will haunt your dreams with bloody little pieces of the you you used to be now it’s you and me we drive so fast watch the snow fall from the trees the air’s so cold inside these copper mines and factories past the riverside and hills and lakes and cites to the east we’ll be you and me we will see what we’ve become when the sun shines on the earth clouds will melt away with all the cities and their dirt and the rats will be brought from their holes stripped of their ties and skirts you’ll see see the night it shines so bright in all the skies morning’s coming soon to rest our weary eyes but we’re clinging to the moon and stars because we are children of the night
10.
well you came from the north and left the cold on my porch you rented a room in my house but you slept in my bed kissed me on the mouth and we take what we gave and we deal what we were dealt you set fire to old houses down by the canal now the spring makes me cold the snow turns black and as i am told you turn to dust and blow away the sky comes back all this darkness fades away and my faith is leaving with you and my innocence is gone with the wings you painted on my back with charcoal from the flames you made i’ll fly away someday
11.
Eagle River 04:49
that old green house was making faces at me when i drove up i called you out and you said please don’t make me leave but the landscape is all black and white aside from your windows that shine so bright to the east you pulled the shades but still i would not go you locked the door and i yelled louder still because the landscape is all black and white and the wind pulls so hard tonight on the eaves you called the clouds on the telephone they brought snow and the wind swept me from my feet and took me home in the distance your light fades and i swear i could hear you say it’s all your fault
12.
the colours on cole’s creek road are more beautiful than any van gogh or picasso locked up in a museum somewhere behind all that glass and autumn did her best with the colours in her new paint set but i know winter will come and he’ll take it away with one breath from his mouth leaves fall on this gravel road from trees tall trees that grow much taller than towers in some far off land like new york or chicago and waves crash on stamp sand shores because this time of year gitche gumee roars and tosses and turns on her bed sheets while the north winds blow and sing her waves to sleep and no one knows

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released April 13, 2012

Gratiot Lake Road is
Emaleigh Jensen
Ben Jensen
Matthew Radue
Tony Laux
Brian Hempel

Mandolin on Jerusalem and Eagle River Falls by Dan Haefs

Recorded and mixed by Bryan Thorne
at The Orpheum Theater and Above The Bridge Records

Mastered by Paul Kirby

Assistant Engineers
Paul Bristol, Bradley Ross, and Ian Bumgardner

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Gratiot Lake Road is the music of Emaleigh and Ben Jensen. (pronounced GRASH-it)

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