Alton Levy

from by The Fine Machines

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I wonder if the city fathers
who came up with this plan
ever saw the rising water
overwhelm the fertile land
I wonder if the architects
considered more than real estate
a river starved by iron and bricks,
appetite will find a way

scattered by the open road
palaces of glowing lights
it's known to be a heavy load
just to make it through the night
I wonder if the breeze will shift
and carry in a brand new life
waiting on the scales to tip
is no way to survive

the air show's coming soon
no one cares for flying machines
just the clouds they run through
and high-octane gasoline
I wonder if the rain will fall
the Missouri and the Illinois
the order is rushed and tall
to create and to destroy

everything is calm now
and expected to repeat
raging storms aren't so loud
in a haze of electricity
I wonder if the crisp dry ground
dreams high in the hills
I wonder if it will burn down,
turn over and rebuild


from Distant Shores, released April 16, 2013



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The Fine Machines New York, New York

The FIne Machines are a blues and folk Brooklyn-based 4 piece formed in 2012. Vets of the LES and Williamsburg circuits, we try to combine simplicity and musicianship to create harmony. We're Dan Piccoli (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nate Allen (banjo, bass), Frank Schaub (lead guitar), and Alex MacKinnon (drums). We play basements, cruise ships, and concert halls - and hope you enjoy it! ... more

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