Concrete Steps

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concrete steps

I'd like to write a song about our neighborhood
without concern for whether it is bad or good
to share the love I feel for Judy, Jack, and Jim,
and their pets and different ways we choose to live

concrete steps
up the slope
to our porch
footsteps in the snow

There was a party at our house on Christmas Eve
we drank and ate and played a bunch of records too
I focused on the art of hosting carefully
then got drunk and danced around and stood there grinning

concrete steps
up the slope
to our porch
in the spring

I got this weird epoxy stuff you squirt into
the cracks and thin interstices in broken masonry
A jackhammer and dumpster would be most ideal
build the forms and pour it all clean and new

concrete steps
up and down
beautiful sun
lemon lime moments

I like to read and write and draw and play guitar
I'd have no trouble retiring
you like to make a house a home
you are the north star (oh yeah)

For many years I couldn't even finish a song
like mercury popping on a red hot stove
now I hunker down it's just like dusting or bills
concrete steps spiraling upward


from Home Recordings, released March 19, 1969
Dan Jones: guitar, drums, keyboards, vocals



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Dan Jones Kansas City, Missouri

After 20 + years in the Northwest, I moved back to Kansas City and formed SquidsKC with old friends Steve Tulipana, Alex Alexander, and Matt Ronan. SquidsKC play songs from all my solo and band projects, and we are at work on new material.

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