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I was unfamiliar with the Blue Nile until Steve Lawson turned me on to them about 4 years ago. I love everything I've heard from them, but in particular this song Toledo just sends shivers up and down my spine. If there is a better anthem to the emotion of past addiction, I have not heard it. The scenes that play out are like a film of a life that could be anyone I know...but feel like they're somehow mine. I feel like I've seen that faded waitress many times before. I think Paul Buchanan is a genius and I hope that I've done justice to his amazing song. (just as a side note, I did screw up the lyrics on the last verse....it's meant to be "the only secret that I know", but I had already recorded it and was on the road touring by the time I'd realised!)


Because of Toledo
I got sober and stayed clean
The pick ups in the wild prairies
The shadows dancing in between
Girl leans on the jukebox
In a pair of old blue jeans
Says I live here but I don't really live anywhere

Because of Toledo
Tuesday it's raining
And I'm pulling on my shoes
I guess I quit believing in
The early morning news
There's a boy orders coffee
And he settles down to think
How the women that you love sometimes
Are the water that you drink
Then another faded waitress dressed in pink

Cries for Toledo

The lipstick and the cocaine traces
One face in a thousand faces
I stumble through so many places
Cause of Toledo

Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah

Because of Toledo
The highway looks so thin
I see another motel sign
Think of pulling in
Write your name upon the mirror there
It's the only name I know
But I guess that I'd be only chasing rainbows
Back to Toledo
I think I'll go


from Beautifully Undone (Songs I Wish I'd Written), released June 1, 2011
Guitar and Vocals: Lobelia

written by Paul Buchanan


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Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lobelia has been featured in Billiboard Magazine, PBS and worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, She books and hosts a variety of songwriter nights for Birmingham's best small artist-led venue, Tower of Song and is an advocate for sustainable touring, She travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues. ... more

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