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Oh Christ

from Road Trip Songs by Dave Manning

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    I live on the road, and these are road trip songs. The album was mixed on the car stereo in my tour bus. The piano and voice recorded in a 17th-century manor house in the Scottish Highlands, and the harmonica recorded in a remote Arizona canyon.

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“On that Memphis balcony, they killed him again.” I park up the tour bus in the wee hours of the morning. I like to camp alone far out in the desert. No gigs until next weekend. For a couple days I listen to no music, read no books, make no phone calls, and speak to no-one. At first its scary, then it becomes cathartic. My mind starts to deal with all the stuff it’s shoved to the back corner of its messy closet. On the way out here the election news was on the radio. They interviewed a right-wing Christian. At one point, he said “Well, none of the candidates is Jesus, but we’ll find someone to vote for.” I pictured Jesus running for president. I pictured Jesus speaking at the Republicrat National Convention. We are just clever apes; we have little changed since biblical times. The song is about Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lennon.


from Road Trip Songs, released January 1, 2014


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Dave Manning Arizona Village, Arizona

He's played Folsom Prison. He's opened for the likes of Dan Bern, Mose Allison, and Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman James Mathus. He's held up traffic all over the west puttering along in an old VW Microbus that Arlo Guthrie autographed. Dave is living his life in the old tradition of the traveling-storytelling songwriters. ... more

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