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"'Inebriate Waltz' is a haunted encounter that wears the crown of being the most chilling song on the record." – Portland Mercury
This track originally appeared on the album "Dearly Departed: True Lies In Song Unearthed From Lone Fir". This compilation features 15 songs by Portland songwriters, telling the stories of some of Lone Fir Cemetery's more famous residents.
There's no way in hell I'm gonna go out like that
I'm spilling over with poems, from my boots up through my hat
I wrote epics and sonnets and songs , but dammit -
All they remember is "Beautiful Willamette"
Too many bad poets, peddling nonsense and fluff
I think that the public has put up with enough
To you hacks and pretenders, I bid au revoir
I'd rather keep my head down at St George's bar
And inebriate (x3)
I rub my tears into a stubbled chin
As I look in and wince, as I lean out and grin
Over the river, do I turn tail and flee?
Or drop myself into that dark, weird sea?
And inebriate (x3)
That great big river, that great big fall
Coulda took the plunge to end it all
Those little liquor bottles, that sidewalk slip
It was the river that killed me, sip by sip
An inebriate (x3)
I gave it my life, it gave me my name
I guess even a footnote's a measure of fame
But every poem I wrote that you never read
I'll recite to you nightly when you're also dead.
released October 1, 2008
Leigh Marble: vocals, pump organ, percussion, piano, guitar
The Beautiful Choir: Rachel Taylor Brown, Ali Wesley
Recorded and mixed by Leigh at Fishboy Studios
Graphic design by Bob Thompson, Dangerr Creative
Photograph by Anthony Pidgeon
Photo styling by Annie Von Thillo and Kate Sokoloff