Thursday, 6 December 2018

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Ohio (Lyric Video)



I’ve been known to talk about the songs I’ve written. Sometimes I’m asked to and other times I just feel like talking. If I’m being completely honest though, I don’t feel so desperately inclined to speak about “Ohio”. What I can say is that this past thanksgiving, after four years, two records and all the touring that went along with a full career reboot I finally settled down long enough to get some perspective. The thought was I would take some time off, do an acoustic run in the spring and figure out what comes next when i returned. What happened was something altogether different and really kind of beautiful. In the midst of living the closest thing to a normal home life I could imagine for myself, I began to write. Not for anything or anyone. There was no goal, no deadline, no story I was trying to tell. Just the hours in the day when Cecilia was off at school or everyone had gone to bed or whatever, that I felt like sitting in my little back house studio and making noises until they sounded like music. In the middle of it all this song appeared. I hadn’t intended to write it. It’s rare for me to dig so far into my memory, but in this case the call was not one that could go unanswered. Ohio is about my families pilgrimage from a small town in Ohio to the coast of California. I call it a pilgrimage because that’s how it felt. At least that’s how I remember it. I suppose it’s one thing to run away but it’s another be pulled down the road by what feels like the hand of fate. But there I go again, talking about a song.

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LYRICS

On a razor’s edge
At the first sign of light
The car was packed
While the house was quiet
And my sister slept
As we started the drive
To California
Where it’s warmer,
Gonna start a new life

Gonna miss Ohio but this time
We’re gonna get it right

Station wagon tires, flying,
Katie’s counting crows through the
Tears in her blue eyes,
State lines and capitals go rushing
By as, I’m trying to find
A station on the radio
Everything’s gonna be better on the west coast.

And the days move fast
On northern plains
And I read the maps,
The prairie grass moved
In the wind like waves.
And we can’t look back
Some men you just can’t save.
We had our reasons, for leaving,
It’s better this way.

I’m gonna miss Ohio but not
Gonna miss rain

Station wagon tires, flying,
Katie’s counting crows through the
Tears in her blue eyes,
State lines and capitals go rushing
By as, I’m trying to find
A station on the radio.
Everything’s gonna be better on the west coast.
Better than the mess that we left back home
In Ohio.
Ohio

Goodbye blue house,
Goodbye red door,
Abandon worlds where we would drink all we can
There’s magnet’s pulling from the ocean floor
I can’t forget,
The way you looked when we were leaving.

Tires, flying,
Katie’s counting crows through the
Tears in her blue eyes,
State lines and capitals go rushing
By as, I’m trying to find
A station on the radio
Everything’s gonna be better on the west coast,
Better than the mess that we left back home
In Ohio
Ohio
Ohio
Ohio
Ohio

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