When I Leave ohio

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this song is in some ways an attempt at channeling my mother's heartbreaking and regretful psyche somewhere in the 70's. she wanted out and didn't know how. i feel like i understand her now and in someways i hope i can release some of that pain for her.


you light a cigarette
and get in to your maverick
and drive into the parking lot
and put on your blue eye shadow

you light another cigarette
and think about your box of yets
that live under your sisters bed
you go into your job
and punch the clock

your boss he tells you what to do
he says your needed on register four

don’t you worry children
mary’s gonna care for you
all you have to do is cover your eyes
all you have to do is cover your eyes
while i leave ohio
leave ohio


from When i Leave ohio, released January 1, 2014
guitar and vocal: sandy bell
electric guitar: don piper
upright bass: richard hammond
drums: alice bierhorst
violin: joan wasser



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sandy bell Woodstock, New York

Sandy Bell is a songwriter, singer and musician who currently calls Woodstock, NY home. She has moved through a vibrant and textured musical constellation, playing most notably with the brilliant Jeff Buckley, and most recently, contributing background vocals on the 2016 ‘Bat for Lashes’ album. Sandy’s music is an expressionistic, lush transmutation of deep grief into powerful songs. ... more

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