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  1. Highway Marker 9

From the recording Wyoming Territory

Credits:

Kristina Stykos: lead vocal, electric guitar
Brian Clark: electric guitar

Recorded and mixed by Kristina Stykos at Pepperbox Studio, Chelsea VT and in a composer’s studio at the Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY
Mastered by Oscar Zambrano, Zampol Productions, NYC

Lyrics

HIGHWAY MARKER 9
(c) 2013 Kristina Stykos/BMI/Horse Thief Publishing

Not sure why I’m here at highway marker 9
Must have missed Chicago
I made it this far – anyway, it’s fine
I’m leaving town and leaving you behind

I cleared the tip of Thunder Bay and started back down
Stuck inside a fog that covered up the lake
I guess it’s true sometimes I take the long way ‘round
If only just to sit a spell longer with a heartache

Got this far and now I’ve said your name - just to shout it out
The open road is sweet ‘cause nothing out here stays the same
Only its beautiful desolate heart

Don’t have to use someone or someone else’s words
Or rearrange things to hide my feelings
In the company of crows I got no need to talk at all
And love can keep silent with my meaning

Yeah, I wanted all my rights - free speech of the heart
I wanted to promise I’d always be there
So many miles since then like pools of autumn rain
Just to shake your fingers from my knotted hair

Got this far and now I’ve said your name - just to shout it out
The open road is sweet ‘cause nothing out here stays the same
Only its beautiful desolate heart

I need the soft breeze on my skin
To hold myself in the light of the marshes
I wonder where I’ll land or what kind of shape I’m in
May god release my feet from where I’ve been

Got this far and now I’ve said your name - just to shout it out
The open road is sweet ‘cause nothing out here stays the same
Only the desolation
Only my beautiful heart
My beautiful heart