On State Highway 113

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On State Highway 113

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When I saw the @thisisbeckyw Wikipedia prompt post 'Oklahoma State Highway 113' clicked a couple connecting links all of a sudden the military connection to War Surplus kicked in and Becky was singing this in my head. Quick write needs editing and fact checking. Traveling by train with spotty cell service so lyrics only for now.

NOTE:_07/24/2017
At Summersongs I recorded one-take with a handheld TASCAM, added a doubled track and edited the lyric. I feel like there is more to the story but I must FAWM on.

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REVISED LYRIC/LEAD SHEET

On State Highway 113

Verse
On state highway 113 Maria kneels to pray
Before a plastic statute that she believes will save
Miguel from a uncertain fate carrying bombs for the army

Chorus
On state highway 113 the army trucks roll
Along the Oklahoma plains to the front in Iraq
Carrying the best strike force infantry can have
Payload for bombers from the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant

Verse
Miguel thinks about Maria as he jams the gears
Battling recruiting to overcome his fears
That he might not come back from Iraq if he enlists in the Army

Repeat chorus

Verse
On state highway 113 Maria waits for headlights
Praying Miguel will be home safe tonight

ORIGINAL SKIRMISH LYRIC

On State Highway 113

Verse
On state highway 113 Maria kneels to pray
Before a plastic statute that she believes will save
Miguel from a uncertain fate carrying bombs for the army

Chorus
On state highway 113 the army trucks roll
Along the plains to the front in Iraq
carrying the best defense infantry can have
Strike force payload from the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant

Bridge
Miguel knows as he jams the gears low
If he enlists to lead the attack
Well he might not come back

Repeat chorus

Verse
On state highway 113 Maria stares waiting for headlights
Praying Miguel will be home safe tonight



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thisisbeckyw's picture

Perhaps predictably, I *love* this! Especially the image of Maria by the plastic statue on the highway and the words "strike force payload" and "McAlester Army Ammunition Plant" which I hope it a real thing. Can't wait to hear the music!

famouspatrick's picture

Boy, I love going to your skirmishes because they never fail to surprise me. All I can say is that Miguel must be one hella badass if he can enlist and go right to leading the attack. I'm with Maria, and hope he gets home safe.

kahlo2013's picture

This is a fantastic write! I love the details and the contemporary honest feel. Really well done!

tcelliott's picture

That's a great connection to make (the album to the highway.) And you brought the goods on the heavy factor and relating to the themes of her album.

Acousticmaddie's picture

Wow great no supergreat skirmis, Very great showing picture painted here.

I'm glad someone took on the military connection. Very nice grounding with Maria and Miguel, really well done. Makes the place vivid but also the distance between them. 'waiting for headlights' is lovely.

TomS's picture

Wow. This is amazing. Lyrically and compositionally. Great stuff, Andy!