04 Chester Town

from by Mark Ettinger

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When there’s more leaves on the ground
Than on the branches
And a cold shadow stalks the inner hills
I’m going up to Chester
To the Baba a Louis Bakery
Carlo stokes the fire, he’s welcoming the company

And we’re driving, rising in the night
Through a dreamland, a-glowing in the headlights
And we’re rising
He’ll open the gate to that higher ground
I’m going up to Chester Town

Ruth crosses the field, breaking in the snow
Red-faced from the wind, and the colors on the rise
Her rooster crows at three am
She laughs when I complain
“So you prefer sirens”, she says, and laughs again

And we’re driving, rising in the night
Through a dreamland, a-glowing in the headlights
And we’re rising
She sings and laughs, you gotta hear the sound
I’m going up to Chester Town

And when the table has been laid
And we’re seated face-to-face
Can almost see the thread of life
Which brought us to this place
Catch a fleeting glimpse of greatness
That holds us in a state of grace
in a state of grace

John smiles, while his eyes roam to the upper windows
Following the birds heading south, following the sun
There’s flour on his face and hands
And love for Ruthie in his eye
They move among the other bakers
As the birds move in the sky

And we’re driving, rising in the night
Through a dreamland, a-glowing in the headlights
And we’re rising
They’ll be kneading dough and singing rounds
I’m going up to Chester Town

credits

from In This World, released September 24, 2013
Mark - vocals, guitar, bass, accordion
John olufs: dobro
Kenny Wollesen: drums

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