Chocolate Kerosene

from by Tracy Manuel

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Drove all the way to Napa for a $15 burger
Wiped the ash off of the hood and fed the meter on the corner
Let me go, let me go

Had my two feet on the sidewalk and my spirit trying to quit me
I was standing in the sunlight wishing I could feel it hit me
Wasn’t close, not even close

This world been dipped in chocolate kerosene

Drove up and down the valley as the smoke poured off the mountains
Gather all of your prescriptions, throw your nickels in the fountains
Call it hope, call it hope

‘Cause staying put is suicide and leaving’s close to torture
Eden’s getting past its prime, they’re gonna burn the orchard
Got to go, you have to go

This world been dipped in chocolate kerosene
And time’s a hungry flame beneath our feet

Maybe someday in the push and pull
I’ll crawl out of this burning bowl
And wonder why I ever cared
When smoke rose in my rear view mirror
But I care, I care, I care, I care

Because every place I’ve been to makes me start to wonder whether maybe
I could never wander farther than you’d throw a feather
Baby, throw, I don’t know

‘Cause this world been dipped in chocolate kerosene
And time’s a hungry flame beneath our feet
This world been dipped in chocolate kerosene
If you’re prepared to burn, I guess it’s sweet

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from Purgatory, CA, released September 25, 2018

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Tracy Manuel Winters, California

Tracy Manuel is a percussionist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Born and raised in Far NorCal, she chronicles contemporary rural life in her music, borrowing evenly from plaintive acoustic songcraft and experimental electric knob-twiddling. Her 2018 album, Purgatory, CA, is an unflinching song cycle bearing witness to small-town disaster, from the personal to the political to the ecological. ... more

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