Silent

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Silent
© Jesse Rivest, 2007

The Nullarbor highway is long and bare
It can lead good folks to misthinking
We drove it in shifts to remain aware
And we crossed off the days as they passed
We stopped at a roadhouse to rest and repair Oh, the dingos were looking wistful
We checked all the tires and filled them with air And we topped up the diesel and oil

Despite all my warnings that the coolant was too hot He turned the cap and burnt his face off!
Oh, boy

We were silent for the rest of the drive
We were silent through the stretched countryside
We were each in our own places; we were both in the same space We were silent for a while

The road out of Warroora was slow at night Oh, the kangaroos were jumping
We drove cautiously with our headlights bright And we dodged every creature we saw
Except for the owl that gave us a fright
Oh, it lay on the road behind us
We got out of the truck to see how we might Put it out of its twitching misery

While two of us men looked for an axe or a shovel The girl picked it up and ripped its head off!
Oh, boy

We were silent for the rest of the drive
We were silent through the dark countryside
We were each in our own places; we were all in the same space We were silent
We were silent
We were silent for a while

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from Silent, released April 1, 2021

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Jesse Rivest Kelowna, British Columbia

I was raised to move and shift—damn the availability of fast airplanes! But I'd have escaped via water ship, anyway. And it probably still would have sounded like this.

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