Tennessee Plates

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Born and raised in Tennessee.
In a place her mother learned to call her home.
But it’s the only one she’s ever known.

She’s had a rough year,
and now she's picking up the pieces.
So, she’s decided to spend some time away.

She packs her bags and heads up north
To her Grandmother’s
In a beautiful bayside town.

It reminds her of her youth:
Of summer nights and open skies
and opportunities to catch like fireflies.

She always believed in love
and time it wasn’t, time it wasn’t
too kind to her and so she ran away.

But she still believes in love
and now she sees it. Now she’s learning
that the world can be hers. She can start today.

With her car parked on the street
she heads down to the water
to check out a beautiful day.

A conversation with a stranger
“What brings you up this way?”
It's a question with deeper roots than she cares to say.

They tell her of their trip to Nashville.
How they thought it was
such a wonderful place.

And she realizes that everyone's got a hometown,
and everyone's got
a place to run away

She always believed in love
and time it wasn’t, time it wasn’t
too kind to her and so she ran away.

But she still believes in love
and now she sees it. Now she’s learning
that the world can be hers. She can start today.

She always believed in love
and time it wasn’t, time it wasn’t
too kind to her and so she ran away.

But she still believes in love
and now she sees it. Now she’s learning
that the world can be hers. She can start today.

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from The Light of What We Are, released March 28, 2017

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Michael Goldense New York, New York

Michael Goldense lives in New York and writes/performs music that sounds a little bit like some of his biggest influences-- Descendents, The Replacements, and The Weakerthans--and nothing at all like some of his biggest influences--Tom Waits, old-school hardcore punk, and Dave Brubeck.

From 2005 until 2017, he released music under the name Our Twilight Pastime. Previous releases on OTP's bandcamp
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