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    Ocotillo's debut CD in a slip case with artwork by Mat Martin. We sold quite a few on our 2017 tour which ended on April 28. So at this point, it's a limited edition of 200 copies now only available here at Bandcamp!

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I’m a survivor
I’ve lived through things to tell a tale or two
That’s why the tales I tell
They always sound so true

At the bottom of the river in a burned-out boat
There’s a smile and it used to be mine
But they burned all the bridges that I crossed over
Sipping the blood that used to be wine

You need me
You won’t admit it
I can teach you a thing or two When you cease learning
You start teaching
What I could share with you

At the top of a tree where it spins in the breezes
There’s a heart in the branches and it’s mine
I learned all about branches from the forest in me
Slipping the rope and shedding the line

And at the corner of Salvation by the burnt-out bridge
There’s a wishbone buried in a jar
And when they start to whisper of their wishes and their dreams
You can run but you never get far

Oh won’t you make me a dreamer of innocent dreams
I want to dream again
Nowadays nobody is what they seem
And who saves the innocent when

There’s a chain but it only turns backwards
And you smile when I ask you is it true
That they burned all the bridges that I crossed over
And the only thing that’s left for me is you

It takes many forms
There's many a way to grasp that thorn
Deliver me and save my skin
But please don't take me back again

To the corner of Salvation by the burnt out bridge
Where the Main Man whistles through his teeth
They don't know one thing about survival
They don't know what's buried underneath

Tell me it don’t matter when the hangman’s fiddling with the noose
When you’re running in your shoes and going ‘pitter patter’
To the sound of the rain on a corrugated roof


from Songs from the City and the Desert, released March 31, 2017
Kirsty McGee - vocal, guitar
Robert Garson - backing vocal, guitar



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Ocotillo Joshua Tree, California

Named after a Sonoran desert plant whose crimson rainflowers earn it the nickname 'desert coral', Ocotillo (ah-kah-tee-oh) is a UK/US transcontinental duo bringing together the voices and songwriting of Kirsty McGee from Manchester and Robert Garson from Joshua Tree. ... more

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