219

219

AndyGetch's picture

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Been kinda stuck for over a week and just needed to get something posted to regain some momentum. I used to live on route 219 as a kid just outside Dubois and my dad worked for at the main locomotive yard for the railroad. From 219 that I got a repeating DCD progression, played on a guitar like the one I had when I lived on 219. Started adding layers, then had the idea to repeat 219 throughout as a type of call. The response lyrics just fell out based on recent reflections. Played around a little with the effects. Will be revisiting this theme further.

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remove chords
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Repeat progression
Two nine teen

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Some call part of it the Pittsburgh to Buffalo Highway
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I honestly don’t know anyone who would go that way today
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Right through downtown Dubois PA
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On the main street of yesterday
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Used to be a Twin Oaks trailer park
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Next to the forbidden used car graveyard
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Following the old B&O railroad tracks
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Ties are rotting, that railroads never coming back
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Stephen Wordsmith's picture

One of the skills of the songwriter is to bring out the musicality in something we wouldn't normally regard as musical. The mantra-like reprise of '219' works well. By dint of its vagueness, the number never gets boring, and opens the listener up to the response lyrics. I quite like the format - REM was doing something quite similar in their Out of Time era.

metalfoot's picture

I used to drive the 219 down from St Catharines to Baltimore, as part of my route to see my beloved back in the day... would hop on I80 at DuBois and take it across to about State College... then I realized I could turn off at the 153 and save a few minutes.

Anyway, this song's not about me but I have driven the 219!!!

billwhite51's picture

now i got 219 stuck in my head. a very mesemerizing method of relating a bit of local history..amd the mental memorabilia that goes with it. the maracas drive it home

Frances Smith's picture

Very post-industrial feel to this. Repetitive chords and 219 mantra contrast well with the more random other lyrics. It's almost as if they created them. Sounds weird and lovely.

The Release Candidate's picture

I like the little details in the responses versus the vagueness of the two-nine-teen repetition, especially the 'used car graveyard'. The percussion works a treat.

Chip Withrow's picture

Hypnotic collection of sounds. Sounds like a dream that reaches way back into memory. And I can picture similar Ohio landscapes as I listen. Very cool!