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Up At The Power Lines

from A Night At Slim's by David Campbell

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Slowly sinking into the landscape as he waits by the power lines.

Asleep now, the traveler dreams of time and sideways motions. He sees himself on a dusty plain amid the crackle and hum of huge power electric towers. He watches the woman his heart has never released, drift up into the sky away from him. As he watches her fade away, the suns and moon rocket across the sky and the sands shift into dunes and plains as trees blossom from saplings into towering oaks.
He hears a droning sound above the relentless hydro hum and watches her return to his side, but not into his heart.


Up at the power lines, the time moves slow
They both went walking into the flow
While he was choosing each word with care,
She floated up in the static air.

I remember every hour of that second,
you drifted away from me.

Time was tilted up on her side.
The suns and moons rocketed by.
While Poison Ivy circled his throat,
three saplings grew, to towering oaks.

I remember every decade of that moment,
you drifted away from me.

Out in the distance, some howling sound.
The dust filled his eyes as he lay down.
Something was moving in the electric wind.
A shadow landed: she drifted back again.

I remember every season of the day when,
you drifted back to me.

And I'm a rebuilt man.
I'm a re-formed man.
yes I'm a re-built man.
I'm a born-again man.

Yes I'm a rebuilt man.
I'm a re-formed man.
I'm a re-built man.
Yes I'm a born-again man.


from A Night At Slim's, track released August 1, 2017
David-guitars, vocals
Suzie-farfisa, rhodes
Jenna-hammond, vox continental
Homer-electric bass
Herbie-drums, vocals


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David Campbell Renfrew, Ontario

David Campbell is a composer-musician who was has a large body of material in a variety of styles and fields. He is a successful composer of TV soundtracks (Nature of Things, Vinyl Cafe, For Better or For Worse, Sniz and Fondue, etc) as well as an active guitar player in a number of bands ranging from folk to progressive rock with many stops between. ... more

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