Highway Marker 9

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Highway Marker 9

not sure why I’m here at highway marker 9
must have missed chicago
i made it this far – anyway, it’s fine
i’m leaving town and leaving you behind

i cleared the tip of thunder bay and started back down
stuck inside a fog that covered up the lake
i guess it’s true sometimes I take the long way around
if only just to sit a spell longer with a heartache

got this far - now I’ve said your name - just to shout it out
the open road is sweet ‘cause nothing out here stays the same
only its beautiful desolate heart

don’t have to use someone, or someone else’s words
or rearrange things to hide my feelings
in the company of crows I got no need to talk at all
and love can keep silence with my meanings

i wanted all my rights and free speech of the heart
I wanted to promise i’d always be there
so many miles since then like pools of autumn rain
just to shake your fingers from my knotted hair


i need the soft breeze on my skin
to hold myself in the light of the marshes
i wonder where I’ll land or what kind of shape i’m in
may god release my feet from where I’ve been


from Wyoming Territory, released May 1, 2013
Highway Marker 9
KS: lead vocal, electric guitar
Brian Clark: electric guitar



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Kristina Stykos Chelsea, Vermont

Kristina is a music producer, recording engineer, songwriter, performer and landscape gardener based in Vermont. Her recording studio, Pepperbox Studio, is solar, wind and generator powered. She has engineered & produced over 20 albums for herself and clients. Her songwriting and composing have been supported by the Ucross Foundation and Brush Creek Artist Residency in Wyoming. ... more

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