Last Scene

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The plate glass window splintered like smoke
but a thousand razor reflections would not let me go
I hit the bricks bleeding and shredded and it occurred to me
that you can't play your cards based on what you believe
just what you know

all of our lives are spent reviewing scenes / and action we shout
but all of those things really happened it seems / it's tragic somehow
the camera keeps rolling; the script is a lie / go on with the show
there's no curtain call; there's no victory cry / this is all we know

the steering wheel tore from my fingers, I howled in despair
the wheels were screaming above me “nobody cares!”
I walked away laughing with tears in my eyes
It was just stupid luck that I made it, but still I survived
to drive somewhere

you, face red and twisted, standing so small
me, like a backhand, knuckles and all
and we fell, wrecked and whirling, I came to alone
tasting the grit of the only road I'd ever known

I'll be a rock, rolling downhill; I'll be a mindless automaton
I'll be the worst night of your life; I'll drink and drink until it's gone
This will be the end of all things; this will be my meteor
but when the denoument is over we'll be so shocked that there's still more
and we'll keep going on


from Wrecker, released November 5, 2013


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The White Tornado Davenport, Iowa

Combine a bluesy, coffee-drinking piano roller and a straightedge synthesizer geek with a Doctor Who penchant and you get the White Tornado - a mean power-piano-trio-backed songwriter who writes songs about life, love, science, and robots.

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