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Tidal Wave

from Highway Islands by Strangebyrds

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Written by Raymond Leroy Smith.
A song about the money and mind blowing growth along the Colorado Front Range.


When I moved to this small town
It was a little bit dirty a little bit down
Everybody seemed to just be passing through
Used to be when the wind would blow
Folks would run back down below
Leaving us locals here in our Shangri-La
Yeah but Shangri-La got sold

And the money’s like a Tidal Wave
Kinda like a south bound train
It’s like a Hurricane that you can’t stop
And the money’s like a Waterfall
The winner’s gonna take it all
And once it’s gone you can’t go back

People used to move here for the trees
for the mountains for the breeze’s
It wasn’t all about the economy
Then the mountain got sold to a company
Expanded the place made it cheap
More people, more scars upon the land
John Denver saw the plan

Now I know I wasn’t born here, so I can’t stake that claim
Still I’ve made myself a home here just the same

When I moved to this small town it was a little bit dirty a little bit down
Everybody seemed to just be passing through
Now were having traffic jams, parking problems master plans
And the Hippies have all but gone away, there’s nothing left to save



from Highway Islands, track released November 1, 2021
Ray Smith: Vocal, Guitar, Lap steel, Bass and Drums.
Cari Minor: Vocal and Irish Bouzouki.


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