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Tornadoes are always there above the clouds; the storm never goes away. Once in a while, you see the funnel.

One year ago today, my Pop passed away. This song is for him.

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released January 3, 2019

© & ℗ 2019 by Ira Merrill, Ira Merrill Music BMI.

All instruments, midi and vocals performed and engineered by Ira Merrill (aka Hemlock Pop) except acoustic guitar, electric Nashville-tuned guitar, and re-amping engineered by Don Farwell.

Vocals were recorded in the Stimson Paymaster Building in Ballard, Seattle when AtmosFX was the tenant (thanks Pete Reichert for after hours use of the building).

Main version and acoustic version both mixed by Don Farwell @ Earwig Studio in Seattle.
Mastered by Levi Seitz @ Blackbelt Mastering in Seattle.

Thanks to David Miller for loaning me his 90's era Mesa Boogie Trem-O-Verb for re-amping the Telecaster.

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Track Name: Tornado
Tornado
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We're with and we're without you
And how your presence felt so ironclad
And you were so devout too
And how I called you Pop instead of Dad
And with the night wind rushing
You made us feel safe even when you were scared
And when your breath was hushing
We felt the spirit and the life you shared

Finally unbound
Funnel up from the ground
Neither lost nor found
Now you know
Tornado
Tornado

When they pulled back the curtain
You held a smile and clutched a single rose
And then I knew for certain
That we would hear you in the doves and crows
And it was cold with no chill
A feeling like the taste of bittersweet
Like no I won't yes I will
It may be finished but its not complete

Weight of your woes
In a final repose
Nobody knows
Where you'll blow
Tornado

Slow motion still ocean soul getaway
Transcending sans ending but done for the day

I'm walking to my car now
And there's a preacher on the radio
No matter where you are now
We will be holding on and letting go

Dusk into dawn
Argument withdrawn
'Cause I say you go on
Like the show
Tornado
Tornado

© 2019 Ira Merrill Music, BMI
Track Name: Tornado (Acoustic)
Tornado
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We're with and we're without you
And how your presence felt so ironclad
And you were so devout too
And how I called you Pop instead of Dad
And with the night wind rushing
You made us feel safe even when you were scared
And when your breath was hushing
We felt the spirit and the life you shared

Finally unbound
Funnel up from the ground
Neither lost nor found
Now you know
Tornado
Tornado

When they pulled back the curtain
You held a smile and clutched a single rose
And then I knew for certain
That we would hear you in the doves and crows
And it was cold with no chill
A feeling like the taste of bittersweet
Like no I won't yes I will
It may be finished but its not complete

Weight of your woes
In a final repose
Nobody knows
Where you'll blow
Tornado

Slow motion still ocean soul getaway
Transcending sans ending but done for the day

I'm walking to my car now
And there's a preacher on the radio
No matter where you are now
We will be holding on and letting go

Dusk into dawn
Argument withdrawn
'Cause I say you go on
Like the show
Tornado
Tornado

© 2019 Ira Merrill Music, BMI

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