Big Volcano, Small Town

by Charlotte Cornfield

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This is a west coast song. It came from greyhound buses, California summer, and thoughts of Montreal. It's from a new record...

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It's almost as if it was choreographed
the towel, the sushi, the way that you laughed
the things you said to woo me into bed
The market's my office and yours is the street
and I'm wiping the juice stains off my feet
and your words just don't seem too concrete to me

We stayed up all night making jenga inukshuks
kissing slow and leafing through cookbooks
opening the doors to see how the night looked
on the festival grounds and at my place and yours
Now I'm catching buses, sleeping on floors
and coming to cherish household chores when I'm home again

You turned out to be a let down
Big volcano, small town
Big volcano, small town

Well now I'm on the bus and it keeps moving faster
and you think that you're such a rasta
but you don't know Mt. Zion from Mt. Shasta
Oh please God let me wake up in San Fran
Let us not derail, let us stick with the plan
I'm going to California just ‘cause I can

You turned out to be a let down
Big volcano, small town
Big volcano, small town

Well now up in Mill Valley over Redwood brush
I see that I don't matter much
The wind is my weakness and you are my crutch
Let these twisting trees be our knuckly fingers
Let these little birds be our favourite singers
Let these sparks of rage be our fire bringers

Some find love in Berkley, I find it in lies
I'm disappointed but I'm not surprised
I'll be gone with the wind, you be lord of the flies
Today Ocean Beach and tomorrow Vancouver
My bank card’s in Portland, my heart’s in the sewer
but one thing’s for sure, I have never been truer

And you turned out to be a let down
Big volcano, small town
Big volcano, small town
Big volcano, small town
Big volcano, small town

credits

released May 18, 2015
Music and lyrics by Charlotte Cornfield (SOCAN)
Recorded and produced by Don Kerr at the Rooster, Toronto, 2015
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova

CC - acoustic guitar, vocals
Sam Gleason - electric guitar
Damon Hankoff - piano
Don Kerr - backing vocals
Kathryn Palumbo - bass
Sam Rosenberg - drums, backing vocals

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