Cricket Hill

from by Gar Clemens

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the scorching of the jungle was fit into the bill
hypodermic needles pile up on Cricket Hill
and the victory of nothing is met with a parade
the schools are closed
the kids are bused away

the shooter at the church house had an alabaster face
all the while the rebel flag hung high above the state
just ask them how it's lookin' down on Calhoun Street
like Birmingham, 1963.

refugees are crossing the Aegean Sea
with rubble on their shoulders they drag through foreign streets
to fall asleep in subways and flounder in the wake
like smoke and steel and the city by the lake

where a schizophrenic is roamin' around Douglas Park,
padlocks on the clinic doors down back of the yards
from where the sick were banished
where dignity was killed
climb up to the top
look out from Cricket Hill

climb up to the top look out from Cricket Hill.


from Cricket Hill, released January 15, 2016



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Gar Clemens Greensboro, North Carolina

Gar Clemens' delightful Americana-influenced-folk debut full-length may be simple, sleepy and comforting, but it is also thematically captivating, and all too capable of stirring up the kind of nagging life sentiments usually reserved for when your head hits the pillow. (Jamie Downes // 07/01/14//United Kingdom) ... more

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