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Where the Kosava Blows

from Left with the Skies by Yellowbelly

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Retracing my steps neath contessa del vento
I’ve a work too hard for the teeth of time
The chariot leaves when it’s full of marmelo
Looking for a language where everything rhymes

Holed up for days til the khamsim dropped
In a cracked shieling and we hunkered down
Sky froze so hard that the air it locked
I only sleep well on the cold hard ground

And I packed up my things to go where the Kosava blows

Told all my plans to a wireline driller
What you can’t learn is always on the hoof
Don’t cross the floes when the sun’s still up
And take down the weather vane on the roof

There’s a reaver’s blade and a settlers law
Persephone’s back here again
Storms always leave fresh meat on the shore
A pail by the door full of yesterday’s rain

You won’t find traction on a toad’s eye tin
I bought these charts from a slipstream girl
Promised me haven in St Kilda
For a jasmine crown and a Foulness pearl

Paid off the crew in Samarinda
Burnt my tent on the Veszprém flats
Shot all the dogs when the food was through
So now it’s just me and the wind at my back


from Left with the Skies, released May 1, 2017
Copyright Lawrence Davies


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Yellowbelly Nuremberg, Germany

Yellowbelly are Lawrence, Stefan, Markus, Boris and Kathi. They play guitars, violins, drums, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a lap steel, an oud and other instruments, but not all at the same time. Yellowbelly play in pubs, churches, barns, internists's surgeries, fields, living rooms, stages and castles. Yellowbelly play songs about forgotten space probes, trains, cicadas and ratcatchers. ... more

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