Adagium

by Mark Mitten

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"black crows fly" black crows fly with broken wings cross grey skies & the snows they bring on battered clouds & winds of sleet beckoned by the paths they seek feed your fire / lock your door sinking sun & yesterdays are no more sanctuary, weaving dreams life is never what it seems you summit peaks to touch the sky to wake the soul asleep inside chorus raise your cup, smile some more that's what we're created for curse your night seize your days
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I-25 03:16
"I-25" crack in the windshield right where you need to see driver-side sunburn wish you'd wore long sleeves dotted yellow line, like counting sheep rub your eyes & the miles go by & you shift and sigh & the miles go by & you rub your eyes I-25 sunrise on the front range you're just where you need to be alpenglow on evans now it's just what you need to see down the road a few more miles, and castle, springs & you smile chorus before the afternoon rains before the clouds come in & stay just to see that fourteen grand above this promised land
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"cross the short grass" old vaquero / ridges topped in snow clouded windows / nothing left to sow water boilin' / he makes coffee on the stove across the short grass / up to argentine pass paintbrush / & columbine graces / timberline cross the short grass / up to argentine pass sun grows dim / he's uneasy near the rim where the dogwood blooms is where the windmill stoops well the wind will blow / tall on the saddle tree across the short grass / up to argentine pass paintbrush / & columbine graces / timberline cross the short grass / up to argentine pass
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"hell is where" angels watch with shadow smile seein' sunset fading all the while hell is where the road it runs to empty sky hell is where the road it runs to empty sky halo high sun looks down on a wayward sky reflections flow river runs & memories go hell is where the road it runs to empty sky hell is where the road it runs to empty sky
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"pale blue sky" can you feel? can you feel? autumn sees yellow leaves & a pale blue sky & you walk away & you walk away
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"leave your bitter tears" leave it leave it for another day leave it leave it for another day when you will have your say it just won't be today i feel your pain yeah, you must stay sane & tend your bitter tears i feel your pain yeah, you must stay sane & leave your bitter tears
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It's Time 03:30
"it's time" just like the prophet's wine it's like the eschaton's vine trace the beetle's line beneath the bark of all this pine it's found its time sunrise on this jagged line & 2000 miles, great divide just like a bitter root it's like the serprent 'neath your boot trace the river's line beyond the valley bend it winds it's found its time sunrise follows a horsethief moon & after all these miles, won't be too soon
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this too shall pass by "mark the vaqueros" (c) 2010 mark mitten OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/_4Pae0zgxLs there was a time when wrong & right were black & white there was a time when day & night were dark & bright a friend of mine once said this too shall pass like a blade of grass into the past
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"hazed & infused" dazed & confused hazed & infused just the simple pleasures just the simple measures of all we leave behind think of all we leave behind yeah tatiana (rum), child microbrew & strum, child aspen leaves & sunshine alpenglow & moonshine all we leave behind think of all we leave behind
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"comin' home (cheyenne)" by mark the vaqueros (c) 2010 mark mitten OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/jsvHYT-kC-4 winter's day / beneath these clouds of grey lightly blowin' snow / cover buffalo cross the railroad line / to the other side old dirt road / in the mud & snow i can see the smoke / from the chimney goes into the sky / into the sky cheyenne / cheyenne i'm comin' home rusted pickup truck / runs on faith & luck chewed up hitchin' post / the one i love the most whitewash country home / sits there all alone cornfields stretch away / rows of memory i can smell the smoke / from the chimney goes into the sky / into the sky cheyenne / cheyenne i'm comin' home
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MUSIC VIDEOS:

"This Too Shall Pass"
youtu.be/_4Pae0zgxLs

"Comin' Home (Cheyenne)"
vimeo.com/19345979

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released January 1, 2010

ABOUT THE BAND NAME:

Mark Mitten's 1st folk album, under the artist name "Mark the Vaqueros."

ABOUT THE MUSIC:

An indie acoustic style, finding its roots & inspiration in the jagged high country of Colorado. A vaquero is another word for cowboy, an older word - in fact, the authentic influence of the American cowboy. The band name means something like "watch the cowboys." It's a call. A call back to origins, to identity. Far away from concrete & cell phones.

"Adagium" is latin for "adage." Finding its own place on the Americana horizon - watching, impressionistic, poetic - Adagium is a compendium of adages evoking a landscape both high & untraveled. Melodic. Memorable. Conveyed in baritone & thought, this album will last.

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Mark Mitten Winsted, Minnesota

Singer-songwriter. A blend of folk and folk-western. Also lead singer of Atomicana.

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