Surprise Me

from by Colin McGrath

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You and someone you have been seeing decide to take a road trip to New Orleans. The relationship is young and this is your first trip together so it’s almost like a test. Can you stand ten hours a day in a rotting Accord, the sketchy Super 8, and each other’s company endlessly, potentially forever?

It’s late afternoon and sweltering in New Orleans. Maybe you’ve had a few already and you’re strolling down Elysian Fields Avenue. John Barry’s score to the under-water sequence in Thunderball plays in your mind. You pass a worn row house. On a porch swing a young couple slugs cans of Miller. Merriment within. The dude on the swing speaks.

"What’s going on, guys?"
"Oh, you know, just walking along. You guys having a party or something?"
"Naw, it's a gathering, dude. Just a gathering. Y’all wanna come in?"

You look at each other. You go in.
-W. Berlind


We walked out in the street
Among the refugees
Who have no place to hide
The trees were hanging low
To steel you from the cold I held you by my side
Two drifters on the wind We’re blowing
There’s no telling where We’re going
Why don’t you surprise me?


We made our way inside
And raised our glasses high
To all the drunken ghosts
We know all things must pass
We take a photograph
And never let it go
How quickly time can mend what’s broken
When two hearts begin to open
We could be so free together
Drifting between now and forever
Why don’t you surprise me?
Come on, surpriiiiiiiiiiise me


from Yellow Brick Man, track released November 11, 2011
Colin McGrath- vocals, guitar, cigar box slide guitar
William Berlind- organ, tack piano, regular piano, Juno, Casiotone
Robert DiPietro- tan tan
Ian Riggs- acoustic bass
Walker Lewis- whistling
Katie Kresek- violins, viola, string arrangement
Justin Hines- triangle



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Colin McGrath Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn based songwriter Colin McGrath mines the crossroads of American music from the Appalachian Mountains to Tin Pan Alley. A storyteller with a tendency for the theatrical, McGrath inhabits his characters with his rugged, earthy voice and nuanced guitar playing. McGrath won first place in The Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, and The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Competition. ... more

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