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Hear the City

from Hear the City by Casey Stratton

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Up from the train
Sidewalks icy
I made my way
East on 9th street
A portrait framed
Steam was rising
The dark betrayed
The eight o’clock hour

Music was made
In a dimly lit ballroom
I thought of LA
When I first heard those songs
A warm embrace
The comfort of an old friend
With a kiss-stained face
I went back to the bar

And outside the snow reflected in light
Candles in the windows brought peace to the night

I said my goodbyes
When the show was over
Back into the night
And the piercing cold
Made the second right
And the city came back to life
Hurried toward the train

Strangers packed together on the subway
A forced sense of avoiding each other’s gaze

125th street
Back in Harlem
Digging for keys
At 1 am
Windy tears were freezing
As I rounded the corner
I smiled, recalling the night

“Tomorrow it’s here” I thought as I
Reached over and turned out the light

Hear the city
Never sleeping
Hear the city


from Hear the City, released February 4, 2011


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Formerly signed to Sony Classical, Casey Stratton has experienced the corporate side of music in full force. His 2004 album "Standing at the Edge" received high critical praise from the likes of Billboard, People and USA Today. His song "House of Jupiter" reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart. Now independent, Casey has released 28 albums and much, much more. ... more

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