Omaha to Mexico

from by Art Vandalay

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Verse 1:

She left this city and left this town
In a cloud of dust and smoke
Fifty bucks, a pack of cigarettes
and love letter she never wrote

Tried to love a man with a heart of gold
‘Til it turned to rust
Just couldn’t ignore her rambling soul
A life meant for the road

Verse 2:

Headed South on a train
stopped near Omaha
Hitched a ride on a rusty truck
with a stranger swore she’d seen before

As they slept out under the stars
Made love until the dawn
As he lay sleeping she took the keys
and headed out alone…..


She wants to see the sunset
Feel sand between her toes
Wants to taste a love so deep
Somethin’ that’ll bring her down to her knees
Before she dies

Verse 3:

Restless wind kept calling her name
It was the only friend she’d ever known
Left so many lovers this way
Knew it’d haunt her like a ghost

Now she’s stuck somewhere down in
Down to her last line
Stumbled into a bar looking for a
lonely soul
Someone she could take for a ride


It was shadow she could never shake
Her life was give and take
With a stolen passport
And a made-up name
Gonna dance naked in the rain

Verse 4:

She rolled on like the thunder in the rain
‘Til she hit that southern coast
Woke up behind the wheel of a truck
‘Til she ran out of road

She stowed away on a sailing ship ‘bound for Mexico
Now it’s been twenty years since she
skipped town
Never felt more at home


She wants to see the sunset
Feel the sand between her toes
Wants to taste a love so deep
Something that’ll bring her
Down to her knees
Before she dies


from Heaven's Operahouse, released January 5, 2012



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Art Vandalay delivers a rich sound that sways and swaggers with an understated bravado. Not only does the core trio lay down their rootsy groove, but adding to the magic is local guitarist Colin Monette whose reverb soaked guitars and Chris Horgan’s sea-shanty accordion brings a whole new flavor to Art Vandalay’s distinctive sound that the Duluth News-Tribune calls "impossibly catch." ... more

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