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Inspired during one of my later trips to New York, this song is a metaphor for a bout of depression I had experienced (when visiting those shadowy right-brained places) as a much younger man .
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The Lower East Side

Lyrics By Kevin Bowen
Music By Kevin Bowen
© 2012 By Kevin Bowen. All Rights Reserved.

Intro

Verse one

I tell you truly
That I nearly died
When I took a walk
Down the Lower East Side
For I was alone
But had never outgrown
All the lies that
I told to myself

Verse two

I wasn’t certain
That I’d make it back
For the road seemed so long
And the night was so black
And the burden I held in my hand
Was a feeling of wanting to feel
I was loved

Verse three

The further I traveled
The more I was lost
Averting the truth
While denying the cost
Convicted of stealing
Some measure of healing
All eyes turned away
As I crossed

Verse four

The pathways were strewn
With the fears from my past
Every turn that I took
Just a step towards the last
‘Til stumbling in blindness
Towards some sliver of kindness
I managed to
Find my way back

Instrumental

Resolve

For I tell you truly
That I nearly died
When I took a walk
Down the Lower East Side
For I was alone
But had never outgrown
All the lies that
I told to myself
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Uploaded: Jul 08, 2012 - 01:54:39 PM
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2012 - 01:54:39 PM Last Played: Nov 14, 2016 - 03:10:57 PM
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lholden said 1958 days ago (July 8th, 2012)
The Lower East Side
Hey... I love the harmonica work. Cool piece indeed. Thanks for sharing!
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Philip18 said 1958 days ago (July 8th, 2012)
Lower East Side
Good song, energetic guitar playing, soulful harmonica, sung with feeling. The recording lacks some clarity and presence - what was the recoding process/equipment you used? However, the music is good!
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SondheimSteamroller said 1957 days ago (July 9th, 2012)
Rough Demo
Hey - thanks for the feedback - I do need to record a better version of this track when I can get to it. This one is pretty much still in rough demo form
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Feter said 1958 days ago (July 8th, 2012)
The Lower East Side
You have a great way of writing lyrics ... the honest tradition to sing folk song with no fake on the way of singing nor lack of soul .Very true I like it thanks a lot for sharing !
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egobandit said 1957 days ago (July 9th, 2012)
LES
My old stomping ground, in the late 80's and early 90's thats the only place I hung out at, Some nice singing filled with emotion and I like the harp another good one!
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