The Ballad of Johnnie Grinder and Orange Li

by Patrick Burke

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--The Ballad of Johnnie Grinder
and Orange Li--

She played guitar
He loved to sing along
And the lyrics seem to write themselves

On treasured skylines
Paintings of the portrait's light
Rembrandt evenings spent

They called out the names
As the abstracts flowed
The gallery rains
In the darkness, shown

When they fell into the warm café
And their friends were all there
They bought a round,
Sang until they couldn't anymore
Never knew a better time…

They called out names
And they drank each other's health
And they spent their money unwisely
Never knew a better time, never better

From The Gilded Age (album), released December 21, 2019


released December 21, 2019


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Patrick Burke Portland, Oregon

"When I first listened to this CD, I felt like I was experiencing some kind of magic — the music and lyrics reach the listener with ease and echo in your head afterward, leaving you wondering about the inspiration."

Jennifer Priest Mitchell, The Times
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