Purgatory

from by Tracy Manuel

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Purgatory, CA
Local ER, Friday night
Saline coming down in torrents
Sunburned arms with wristbands white
Fractured little conversations
Losing someone ‘bout my age
I remember graduation,
Praying it’d be worth the wait

They said,
Can you see your future now?
Can you see your future clear?
Can you see your future clear?
It’s hard to see it here

I take bad news on an empty stomach
Good news with a grain of salt
I bite my lip ‘till I taste blood
And worry when those sirens call
There’s no cure for boredom, ain’t it
Hard to grow up underage?
But come in here, they’ll call you patient
Whether not you make the wait

They say,
Can you see your future now?
Can you see your future clear?
Can you see your future clear?
It’s hard to see it here

When you’re several worlds away
From the waiting room TV
And peoples’ ways to renovate
Their bodies, homes, and dreams

‘Cause they can see their future now
They can see their future clear
Oh, don’t it look so bright and clear

People they say the future’s now
People say the future’s clear
Oh, they can see the future clear
But they’re not looking here

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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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