Glengarry Leads

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for ted


It’s 3am,
a siren wallows by,
staring at paint chips
listening to the sounds
a city rotting on refuse
of a million darling people

and I’m left thinking
I’ll be blind forever

I wasn’t there the day
You forgot how to say your name
I heard it from a phone
The music’s over now
Dog has died in the backyard grass
the cancer’s taken home

Give me Glengary leads
Give me someone to sell
on the idea that these things
will turn out, when we’re turned out
because I don’t believe

Today I called people
all across the country
and asked them for money
they didn't have
sold them on the tragedy of hope
sold them on the tragedy of hope

there’s never a dial tone
you can’t reach a soul


from cries & whispers, released July 28, 2015


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the Nabokov Project Appleton, Wisconsin

Formed in the shadows of a Midwestern University in the mid nineties, the Nabokov Project is the ongoing work of singer- songwriter MW Gargo. Previous incarnations have included the membership of Dave Pollock (spoken-word vocals), Ted Leslie (percussion), Thea Morton (cello, guitar, and keys), and MW Gargo (vocals, guitar, bass, violin, computer, and keys). ... more

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