Push My Rock Up Forever Blues

from by Letitia VanSant & the Bonafides

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This bouncy folk-rock number, written by Will but mostly sung by Letitia, is a dystopian fantasy about environmental breakdown rendered by an oil tycoon. “Mt. Rainier, Maryland, where I live,” Will says, “has a very high water table and constant flooding. I imagined what would happen if some villain buried leaking oil tanks near an underground stream and then a flood spread the poison everywhere.” The references to the Army Corps of Engineers and a presidential fly-by are unmistakable allusions to Hurricane Katrina. Will sings the final stanza himself.


Where I’m from the water table’s high
When April comes can’t find one basement dry
We call it an inconvenience
Then Tim Rose came to run this town
Stuck fifteen oil tanks deep in the ground
The paved over creeks started streaming

Storms keep coming rain or shine, no matter what i say or do
I can’t stop my hurried mind, cold on the shoulder and my eyes on you
I shacked up with the sunny kind, impending sense of doom
one must think of me satisfied with the push my rock back up forever blues

Sixty miles from the Chesapeake
Off the shore and somehow we still sprung a leak
Forgive my disbelief
Drop your buckets, boys we can’t be saved
My house sinks down into its early grave
No army corps engineering this time

Put a bridge on it, never say why
Put a bridge on it, big media fly by


from Parts & Labor, released February 27, 2015
written by Will McKindley-Ward. Recorded by Steve Steckler at Asparagus Media.




Letitia VanSant Baltimore, Maryland

Letitia VanSant & the Bonafides are a Baltimore & Washington, DC -based quartet that straddle the boundary between acoustic string band music, roots rock, and the confessional folk of a singer-songwriter.


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