Star of Bethlehem

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lyrics

The Star of Bethlehem shines on the hot velvet night
I was walking home, sunburnt and stoned
I had clumsily tried to pass some weight off my mind
And you know what my words are worth now

She’d be gone in the morning, she was just packing her things
Her back was turned, saying, “you’ll never learn
Why my love stays obscured, why I’m feeling so hurt,”
And I know what your words are worth now

little, next to nothing
Cuz I come home to you every night, though I’ve tried
To slip from your side, to the easy silence
To dance with the shadow of a life passing by

So the hours kept turning, felt the dawn coming on
She pushed me then, put it all to the test
Did I wrap ‘round your dreams, or is it a good time to leave?
Well I know what those words are worth now

As she drifted away, I didn’t expect so much pain
I was frantic, spent, clutching the bed
I begged her to stay, we sure as shit fell into place
So she knows what my words are worth now

little, next to nothing
Cuz I come home to you every night, though I’ve tried
To slip from your side, to the easy silence
To dance with the shadow of a life passing by

Lady I know I’ve been ready to go
For as long as you’ve known me by name
Time slipping past, I keep waiting on chance
But convinced that your something I need
But it’s never a good time, it seems
A good time to leave
Never a good time to leave

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from Strangers, released February 24, 2017

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Balto Portland, Oregon

Balto is mercurial American roots music - song-driven rock’n’roll – a hair-raising live band from the Northwest – electric guitars and Hammond organs, swirling psychedelia, an occasional Bonzo drum flourish, held down on bass by a former fighter with a deep admiration for James Jamerson ... more

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