Pilgrim Standing Still

from by The Cold Desert

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Oh my god! Where were you when I drove to Fresno in my old white car?
It broke down twice out in the church parkin' lot.
You sent a man - with his blackened hands he made the car start.
Then on my way home, just past the Mojave sands, the A/C was gone.
I switched with my mom.

And I prayed for the people, sang for the people,
blessed the sidewalk with my hands.
And I prayed for myself, sang for myself,
cursed the bluesky with my feet.

Oh my god! Where were you when I broke Anna's heart in high school?
It was April or May, I don't know what I ought to have said.
You sent a man - he took her hand and caught her tears in a jar,
and you pressed his lips like coals to her ears
and told her everything she needed to hear.

And I ate of the body, drank of the blood;
it tasted like bread and cheap wine.
And I ate of the word, drank of the spirit;
it tasted like cigarette smoke.

Oh my god, where was I when you spoke to my father?
Oh my god, where was I when you wept with my mother?
Oh my god, where was I when you protected my brother?
Oh my god, where was I when you danced with my sister?


from Woman & God, released February 17, 2013



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The Cold Desert Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix-based roots rock quartet The Cold Desert began as the solo project of Matt Klassen in 2008. After filling out the lineup with drummer Jared Kaiser, multi-instrumentalist Cody Nelson and bassist Jason Stromberg, they released their debut EP "Four Doors" on September 30th 2011. ... more

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