Bus Broke Down

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lyrics

The bus broke down thirty miles from town
The windows fogged but no one got out
The driver swore a spell into the radio
That they better get to us before the witching hour

The hours passed but no help showed
Pacing toes, wore holes through my soles
A game of telephone spread the news
That the tábano outside were the ghost of Perón

The intercom crackles overhead
I couldn’t understand a word the driver said
foreign tongues buzz around my ears
But you don’t need to know the language
To understand a disappointed sigh

The patience on the bus, started to go
They’d seized all our food at the border patrol
And I could see the town but it couldn’t see us
Or there’s something it didn’t trust about helping our bus

I grabbed my bag, made my way outside
My heart filled up but it wasn’t with love
And the horseflies, as big as my eyes
Puppeteering my hands as I cut toward the lights

In not too long, I’m broken to find
The lights I saw are the back of the bus
Somehow I’d circled and come back round
But you didn’t even need to be there
To hear out loud my disappointed sigh

Oh, the disappointment when the shortcut doesn’t work
And you find yourself the farthest one behind

Got back on the bus, was handed a cup
The driver said, that we had to stay up
I got nervous, choked my coffee down
And the old woman next to me read the grounds
She zipped my lips with her furrowed brow
I’d really like to talk, but I can’t right now
I’d really like to talk, but I can’t right now
The women in the back are staring to crown
Something shook the sky and the stars fell out to the ground

I’d really like to talk but I can’t right now
The bus broke down, thirty miles from town
Said they sent help but I’m starting to doubt
It’s going to get to us before the witching hour

I’d really like to talk but I can’t right now
I’d really like to talk but I can’t right now
I’d really like to talk but I can’t right now
I’d really like to talk but I can’t right now

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from PATAGONIA, released February 12, 2016
Sheridan Fox : Vocals, Guitars, Charango, Piano, Percussion
Cortney Carlson : Bass and Synth
Nicholas Fox : Drums and Percussion

© and p Sheridan Fox (Full Health and Transcendental / SESAC)

Recorded in Minnesota and Alaska in places Sheridan lived

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Sheridan Fox Oakland, California

Sheridan is unable to stay in one place for more than 4 years at a time. He's found himself living and making music in NH, MA, MN, AK, and CA. He likes Francoise Hardy and David Bowie, the latter being someone Sheridan was listening to quite a bit during the mixing of Patagonia. When he's not at home, he can be found working and touring with the band Free Energy. Or backpacking. ... more

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