Midnight Rose

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Based on Seanan McGuire's Sparrow Hill Road stories. Also based on a true story. Because the road is strange like that.


I was two weeks shy of nineteen years
In a 69 Chevelle
Driving back to Indiana
On a road that passed through Hell
She was walking in headlights' edge
White skin in the winter snows
There was ice on the road and in her eyes
But her smile was warm when she slipped inside
And she said her name was Rose

Don't slow down on Twilight's Road
Don't look back, that bridge is closed
Make no deals on Twilight's Road
And you'll drive for your life when you ride with Midnight Rose

She was shivering in my jacket though
The heat burned like a flame
She asked and I said I was headed home
And she laughed and said the same
We stopped in an all-night diner we
had hours left til day
There were warnings written out on the wall
When she took my hand in the bathroom stall
Then she took my breath away


We were Eastbound on 231
Singing "Running Down a Dream"
When her smile fell to ice and ash
And the wind began to scream
Black ice on the highway
A hill too steep to climb
When eighteen wheels slid across that line
I swerved and I spun out headlight-blind
But Rose's hand came down on mine
When she said it's not your time!

I woke up lodged in a snow bank there
My fingers bruised the wheel
I staggered up through the mud and snow
To the flames and twisted steel
Rose knelt by the driver's side
Blue denim and firelight
She whispered as she touched his cheek
And the flames leaped high when she looked at me
And my jacket fell where she used to be
And she never said goodbye


And you'll never forget when you meet with Midnight Rose
And you'll never get home when you ride with Midnight Rose


from Ship of Dreams, released July 1, 2012



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Ship of Dreams Seattle, Washington

Post-apocalyptic-steam-powered-time-travelling-vampire-faeriepunk-space-cowboy geek music. Ship of Dreams is Aaron Corwin and Shanna Washburn, occasionally joined by Betsy Tinney and Sunnie Larsen. We can be found at coffee shops and house concerts around Seattle. ... more

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