Thirteen Hours

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Thirteen hours to Denver
Thirteen hours to Seattle
I leave behind that malleable Mile-High weather
& That vain clangin' of those chapel bells

Thirteen hours to Denver
Thirteen hours to Seattle
& When I pause to remember
Then I picture her so well

"I'll wear a veil for you
I'll take your hand in mine
I'll give you love so true
I'll warm the winter time
I'll give you kisses
deep
In the rose gardens and red satin sheets
I'll make the robins sing
I promise you these things."

Thirteen hours to Denver
Thirteen hours to Seattle
I sit meditating on that little flower
That love first sweet that dripped delightfully from my lip has all but grown sour

Thirteen hours to Denver
Thirteen hours to Seattle
Now this mandarin autumn weather sends me to recall
Red wine and crimson lace dangled and draped from her flesh, that place, that candled altar where I prayed and knelt

"I'll wear a veil for you
I'll take your hand in mine
I'll give you love so true
I'll warm the winter time
I'll give you kisses
deep
In the rose gardens and red satin sheets
I'll make the robins sing
I promise you these things."

My love betrayed
& called by name
Simultaneously
In time the same
I sang my song, answerin'
With my voice raised
My limbs clung to this bent metal
& bound to this wooden plank

Thirteen hours to Denver
Thirteen hours to my Jerusalem
On this night firmly resolved to sing
Of the olive tree midst the autumn leaves
I move toward my destiny
I move toward my end

Thirteen hours to Denver
Thirteen hours to my Jerusalem
I wonder at my final hour
While the wild wind shakes
The flames of leaves from their limbs

"I'll wear a veil for you
I'll take your hand in mine
I'll give you love so true
I'll warm the winter time
I'll give you kisses
deep
In the rose gardens and red satin sheets
I'll make the robins sing
I promise you these things."

credits

from Night Lights, track released October 22, 2010
Ethan J Perry - vocals, guitar, organ, bass
Molly Buchacher - vocals
Adam Schwankl - background vocals
Jordan Rodenbiker - background vocals
Logan Stahley - trumpet
Matt Broughton - fiddle
Orelia String Quartet - strings; arranged by Rachel Silker

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