On The Road (Live At Word Up Community Bookshop)

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I wrote and released On The Road for my debut full length album, "Heliotropism". This is a recording of my performance at my neighborhood community bookshop, Word Up. Perhaps I finally understand the meaning of my own lyrics!


I'm out here, a thousand miles from my home.
Walking a road other men have gone down.
I'm seein' your world of people and things -
Your paupers and peasants and princes and kings.

Hey hey, Bob Dylan, I'm writing this song
for the man with the brand you would never take on.
You say "you're born with the wrong name, it happens you see...
call yourself what you want, it's the land of the free."

So you left home behind and you never looked back,
Just rambled and gambled your way 'long the tracks.
All alone on the road with the spirit ahead
and old Rob back in Minnesota, cold and dead.

You know, I went with you all the way down to New York.
Tried following your footsteps, but the road got too dark
and the imprints more shallow each step 'long the way:
21 grams you lost with each role that you played.

Then I lost you and couldn't get on by myself,
and I couldn't believe I was anyone else;
so I sought all those characters in people I knew
and the drama's been guiding me cue after cue.

Now I pray that you're doin' alright on your own.
As for me, well, you know I'll just keep moving on.
With my comrades and comp'ny this road occupied,
making all the difference it's less traveled by.


from GioSafari Does NYC, released September 5, 2014



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GioSafari New York, New York

GioSafari was the pseudonym for singer-songwriter and peace activator Gio Andollo. He lives in NYC, where he has committed to music - songwriting, recording, busking, performing, promoting - and activism. He speaks truth to power in the heart of Empire, recalling the subversive musical traditions of American folk & punk, singing for peace & justice, and advocating the use of bicycle helmets. ... more

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