“Small Mountain Town”

Working with Sage McBride of Shred Kelly fame for our music issue was a no brainer. She is creative, curious, and accomplished. As Sage and I navigated our way through a few margaritas (gracias Nevados!), we talked shop about how to write lyrics: the poetry of music. Lyrics are the words that make up a song’s content, complete with multiple verses and a chorus which is repeated. Most often a bridge is present to offer the listener a short respite before the chorus repeats one last time. We both worked with “small mountain town” as our theme. Here’s what we dreamed up!

Small Mountain Town by Sadie Rosgen

Verse 1
In a small mountain town,
I had found you around.
Slaying the slopes with some friends out of town.
You were all in my way,
and I liked it all day,
my heart skipped a beat when you started to play:

Chorus
Your guitar had reflected,
the tapes I ejected,
from a time when I imagined your existence...
Buy now, you’re here with me

*musical break*

Verse 2
We fell so deep
in the snow burdened streets,
breathing our love under flannel plaid sheets.
Here I had found
my whole life in one town,
with you by my side our own rules we’ll abide:

Chorus
Your guitar had reflected,
the tapes I ejected,
from a time when I imagined your existence...
But now, you’re here with me.

*musical break*

Verse 3
Now we’ll take a vow,
Friends and family allowed.
Spreading our life with the cedars above.

In this valley we’ll live,
With adventurous kids.
Teaching them why,
this good life you can’t buy.

Bridge
Breathe in this place.
Find your own space.
Breathe…
In…

Repeat chorus

Small Mountain Town by Sage McBride

Verse 1
When the night falls
I often walk the empty streets
And watch as the mountains reveal the moon
Then it’s quiet
So I try to sit alone and think
And morning would never come too soon
When the store signs,
Illuminate the night
They remind me of the streets that led me here
As I wander
Past the closed store windows
Footsteps, as the sunlight disappears

Chorus
And why oh why oh why
Did I ever think I could leave this town alone
Oh why oh why oh why
Mountain town you are my home

Verse 2
All the workers
On the nightshift of the mine
Are kissing their families goodnight
Then they travel
To earn a living wage
To dig on the coal dusted site
While the travellers,
All gather at the bar
To share the stories of their youth and their past
Not knowing
That soon they’ll settle here
And their journey here, will be their last

Chorus
And why oh why oh why
Did I ever think I could leave this town alone
Oh why oh why oh why
Mountain town you are my home

Bridge
There’s something here
That keeps me young,
Years pass, just feel like weeks
Now I’m older
And everything has changed
Except the sun that rises up above the peaks

Quiet chorus
And why oh why oh why
Did I ever think I could leave this town alone
And why oh why oh why
Mountain town, you are my home

Repeat Chorus