The Area

by lewis knudsen

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You cannot know the area by studying the ambiance of all the nifty local shops and pubs
If you will not talk to people, and let them talk to you, you will never get to know the area

That's the parking lot I had to stop in when my engine overheated in July of 2012
And here is the cafe where you could sit and talk to Missy, she would listen to you like she was your mom

Outside is where Chuck would sit and smoke at 2am and tell you that he built Rock Island by himself
But if you won't talk to people or let them talk to you, you will never get to know the area


Tuesday evening open mic night November eleventh I was so nervous I just could not think straight
I played a love song for my girlfriend and took a ring out of my pocket and I asked her on the stage

And I heard it needs to go cause it's too dangerous to drive on but I'll miss the bridge when they finally tear it down
I could go on quite a while on how I never thought I'd come back but somehow slowly fell for this town


Well this place can get depressing every cloudy February and I understand why people want to leave
But by 7pm sunsets it is well worth the investment, you feel thankfulness for every little thing



released October 15, 2018
"The Area" written by Lewis Knudsen, 2018


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lewis knudsen Rock Island, Illinois

Lewis Knudsen is a mixed-genre, multi-instrumentalist songwriter based in Rock Island, IL (Quad Cities).

In 2018 Lewis wrote and released a new song each week, while touring regionally in the midwest, and is currently working on plans for a new album in 2020
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