Discovery

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This one's for the English majors: A song inspired by Eudora Welty, Richard Russo and James Joyce.

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"Discovery does not imply that the place is new
The place is the same, it is we who have changed," I agree with Eu.
You gave us a taste of your world in every elegant paragraph
With the voices and faces poppin' off of the page like a photograph

I'm riding around my hometown with the windows down
Every person I see calls up memories from the lost and found
My kid's in the back seat, asking for stories from long ago
Through his eyes I see discovery every place I go.

I've been to Thomaston, I've been to Mohawk and through North Bath
I shook that man's hand because he told it straight and he made us laugh
He left his home when Mother Ambition said he should
But I'm still around putting out fires in the neighborhood.

I'm riding around my hometown with the windows down
Every person I see calls up memories from the lost and found
My kid's in the back seat, asking for stories from long ago
Through his eyes I see discovery every place I go.

There's a one-eye carouser with a hole in his trousers
And he's playing guitar
For a liquoured-up crowd beneath a little cloud
in the Temple Bar
I tried to get some perspective but I found that objective eluded me
Till I shaved off my beard and I went for a swim in the snot-green sea.

I'm riding around my hometown with the windows down
Every person I see calls up memories from the lost and found
My kid's in the back seat, asking for stories from long ago
Through his eyes I see discovery every place I go.

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from Discovery, released February 3, 2017
Words and music by Bill Ackerbauer. Recorded at home Feb. 2, 2017.

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Bill Ackerbauer Johnstown, New York

Smokin' Bill Ackerbauer performs an eclectic repertoire of acoustic music, both as a solo performer and with several upstate New York bands, including Junk Rocket, The Doghouse Carpenters and The Bentwood Rockers. His original songs reflect the many walks of life in New York's Adirondack Foothills.

For more info, contact Bill by e-mail at billackerbauer(at)gmail.com or find him on Facebook.
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