Across the Mackinaw

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Across The Mackinaw

I remember well when summer came early.
In the midst of May we ran away.
Home would never be the same.
We were heading south Across the Mackinaw
To live in The Village with the other children.
We weren't leaving.
Down below the bridge over lake Michigan
I could see the signs of a better life,
(But I was too young to understand)
That way down below those
Grates of green steel
We wrote our history the day we drove Across the Mackinaw.
Seven years flew by and I
Left for college smiling.
Driving by my old man's house I knew he wasn't home so I
Shouldered in the door.
I tried on some clothes then
Hit the road smoking.
From Engadine to the Seaney highway miles and miles a blur went by me.
I met a girl up north through the winters we kept each other warm,
But it didn't last.
I dropped her and my classes and ran, ran, ran,
As I hit bridge over stormy waters
I lost control.
I swerved into the rail.
And way down below those
Grates of steely green
I saw my history the day I crashed Across the Mackinaw.
So now it's: One for the trouble and Two for the time
Gonna save my nickels and dimes.
Gotta pay the toll if I wanna make change,
But I can't afford to be a Troll these days
When I'm old and grey and these memories are faded
I will wade into the water.
Wash away the world I've wandered.
I won't grieve a single second spent speeding
Leaving tracks on the Mighty Mack
I made my mark so I'll never forget.
That way down below those
Grates of steely green
I wrote my history in waves Across the Mackinaw.
And there I go
A paper boat
Crayon-coated memories, a float
Beneath the bridge that lead us home.


from Kellerville, released January 31, 2013



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Kellerville Cross Village, Michigan

Kellerville is both real and imagined. In Cross Village there is a tiny part of town where Lee Dyer and Holly Keller both grew up playing music. After many years of separate creation they formed an original acoustic duo to bring them back to the town that wrought them. With songs of storytelling and personal experience, let them paint you a picture of home with a song. Welcome to Kellerville. ... more

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