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Roadside Attraction

from Thingies from 2013! by Brooke Abbey

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I wrote this while reading about some friends making a road trip to OVFF. I love, love, love roadside attractions, and it seems to me that the more earnest and campy they are, the more beautiful and powerful they are to me. Wall Drug forever.


I built you a shrine in black velvet Bm E Bm
In a chapel with marabou trim Bm A E
Where portraits of mystical figures Bm E Bm
Grant miracles, dance, and sing hymns Bm A E

Over here Joan of Arc will glow in the dark Bm A E
With her holiness or with her paint Bm E
Is it God's earnest blessing or dye phosphorescing Bm A E
You never can tell with a saint Bm E

The relics' true worth is debated Bm E Bm
But I take every one at its face Bm A E
"Authentic" is so overrated Bm E Bm
For the forger may too express grace Bm A E

For does it really matter if Christ's sacred platter Bm A E
Has a label marked Made In Japan? Bm E
Maybe not just salvation, but free validation Bm A E
of parking is part of God's plan Bm E

So please come and visit my altar Bm E Bm
And I'll honour the coupon I gave Bm A E
For a fifteen percent price reduction Bm E Bm
On a pebble from Elvis' grave Bm A E

Now foreign investors in cheap polyester Bm A E
Suits have arrived to size up Bm E
The earning potential of sites reverential Bm A E
With snack bars and souvenir cups Bm E

So stop by my roadside attraction Bm E Bm
Before all the truth disappears Bm A E
For I built it for you from black velvet Bm E Bm
And it's fake but it's also sincere Bm E


from Thingies from 2013!, track released October 25, 2013




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Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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