Nowhere, USA

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I seem to have an affinity with writing about places that I've never been (or don't exist)!

From the 2004 CD "Reach For The Sky", this was political in it's origin in regards to the continuing actions in Iraq. I'd like to think I achieved the desolation and loneliness of a "Nowhere, USA". Actually, it's the wonderful Michelle Preisler McComber, with her haunting harmonies, who achieves that.

This song was featured on TEXAS MUSIC MAGAZINE's 2005 Tex-Mix Compilation CD... and in a series of fortunate events, could be said to be the catalyst for what became Mysterious Ways, my U2 tribute band that played all over Texas - and even Afghanistan - from 2005-2013.

Also, after writing this song, I found out there is actually a "Nowhere, AZ" - I don't think I'm going there.

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NOWHERE, USA
Words and music by Patrick Fleming, Jr.
©2004 by Patrick Fleming, Jr.

Thumb in the air - Trying to catch a ride to somewhere
Heaven knows it’s gotta be better than here

Lines in the sand - Once drawn by steady hands
Blurred by winds that blow out in all directions

Hands on our hearts - Trying to find a place to start
Building up our dreams while still in the dark

Waiting in line - Too obsessed to see the signs
Watching fortresses rise above without foundations

And Nowhere I have seen
And Nowhere I have been
And Nowhere I will stay
In Nowhere, USA

Back to the sun - Giving up on all we’ve won
Canyons filled with greed - it can’t be undone

The desert moon – It’s sinking way too soon
And leaving us alone with less than righteous intentions

And Nowhere I have seen
And Nowhere I have been
And Nowhere I will stay
In Nowhere, USA

These troubled times bring to mind echoes from the past
The words and deeds of those who lead are meaningless

And Nowhere I have seen
And Nowhere I have been
And Nowhere I will stay
In Nowhere, USA
In Nowhere, USA
In Nowhere, USA

Thumb in the air - Trying to hitch a ride to Nowhere
Heaven knows that Nowhere is better than here

credits

from REBOOT, released July 16, 2013
Words and music by Patrick Fleming, Jr.
Produced by Patrick Fleming, Jr.
Vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, keyboards, programming: Patrick Fleming
Backing Vocals: Michelle Preisler

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Patrick Fleming

Start with a helping of Southwestern-inspired Americana.
Infuse a bit of East Coast/New Jersey flavoring.
Add a dash of 'Bono'-esque insight and showmanship.
Spice up with memorable melodies and musical hooks.
Finish off with a splash of heartfelt and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

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