The Hospital in Jackson

from by Jack Hotel

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lyrics

The hospital in Jackson has an angel painted on the western side
When I close my eyes I see a far horizon etched into my mind
The sun goes down behind me and it's brightest right before it starts to die
Then it rises up in front of me and breathes across my body like a sigh

From Cheyenne to Buffalo, the mountains hangin' heavy in the mist
With every inhalation I can feel the past and future in my chest
December was the quickest way I knew to throw myself onto the pyre
September is an ember at the bottom of a California fire

The air up in the mountains is clean but it's also rarefied
The hospital in Jackson has an angel painted on the western side
My head's a glass of wine and my spine's as fragile as the stem
There's a universe of stars and I am part of every single one of them

I sat down with a cigarette and tried to put your letter to a song
It said love can invent you if you let it represent you for too long
It said love can overcome you if you allow that love to run you underground
And when it's taken from you you're a driving wheel fallen out of round

The roads that cross Wyoming are redder than a spiderweb of veins
There's a park in Alameda where I spent a lonely night between the trains
The hospital in Jackson has an angel painted on the western side
I am bound that way tomorrow, babe, along the straightest path that I can find

Because my memory is sharper than a breath but also harder than a bone
When I got to Salt Lake City, man, I slept against a cemetery stone
I spent a month in Reno with a girl who didn't know my given name
All along I stayed a part of you like sparks are living particles of flame

The hospital in Jackson has an angel painted on the western side
What good are good intentions if you're living with a cancer in your mind
What good is California if you're not allowed to leave your past behind
The hospital in Jackson has an angel painted on the western side
The hospital in Jackson has an angel painted on the western side

credits

from Voices from the Moon, released May 13, 2016
Günter Voelker: guitar, vocal, ukulele
Joe Salvati: harmonica, dobro
featuring
Jack Rodenburg: piano

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Jack Hotel Lincoln, Nebraska

Jack Hotel contains multitudes. A listen to their sophomore release, Voices from the Moon, reveals a range that encompasses Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, Mississippi John Hurt and Etta Baker--but this band is no mere product of its influences. Since their start in 2012, Jack Hotel has proven itself one of the best, and most original, folk acts in the midwest. ... more

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