Box Junction Heart

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Somebody suggested I write a song called "Don't Block The Intersection", but I didn't really know what an intersection was. I looked it up and figured that it was basically a box junction. I wanted to make it a country song, so I added the word "heart" to the end. Clever, eh?

Box Junction Heart is my Cotswolds Country song, and this new recording is absolutely perfect. I recorded it with producer Dave Barratt when I was in New York for the Man (hat on) tour, and he called in Terry Radigan to sing backing vocals. I listen to this at least every other day.

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Angry looks from the guy with tinted windows to my right
The traffic's going nowhere and it made me think of you
Delivery man is trying to edge his Transit up the kerb
You're parked on the yellow grid and there's no way of getting through

You used to take me driving round the village pubs
You'd wind the Volvo sunroof back and warm my heated seats
Crank the tape deck nice and loud until the dashboard buzzed
Singing along to Chigago IX on auto repeat

Darling I'm stuck since you left me
I thought you'd gone but you haven't gone far
Darling I'm stuck since you left me
The lights have changed but you're still blocking my box junction heart

Anxious school run mothers can’t believe they have to wait
And angry tinted windows man is seriously late
There's one girl in particular attempting a complicated merge
I've given her a smile and a little wave to try to let her in
But there really isn't room for such a manoeuvre to begin
We'll never get anywhere with me over here and you over there

Darling I'm stuck since you left me
I thought you'd gone but you haven't gone far
Darling I'm stuck since you left me
The lights have changed but you're still blocking my box junction heart
The lights have changed but you're still blocking my box junction heart
The lights have changed but you're still blocking my box junction heart
The lights have changed but you're still blocking my box junction heart

credits

from Troubadork, released February 7, 2010
I played guitar, electric piano and slide. The amazing Terry Radigan sang backing vocals and added a mean rhythm guitar part. Dave Barratt produced, hosted, entertained and introduced me to some seriously right wing country music.

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