4. Rose's Song

Schiphol Airport, NL, a home base of operations for Hiss Golden Messenger

Schiphol Airport, NL, a home base of operations for Hiss Golden Messenger

Touring for a long time warps you a little. Like sailors at sea, or even submariners, you develop very close, extremely deep, and potentially volatile relationships with people in your immediate vicinity.  I’ve had the good fortune to travel in largely healthy situations, but there have been a few tours I have been on where either I wasn’t doing well mentally or the general vibe wasn’t working between people.

Take a situation like this, feed it with lack of sleep, close quarters, periods of intense boredom followed by extreme jubilation, and then fertilize it with drugs and alcohol. You might find yourself talking to the wind and looking for meaning in the road signs. You might find yourself going out of your way, taking the long way home to visit people you shouldn’t.


BASS - Daniel Wright DRUMS - Orpheo McCord GUITARS - Scott Hirsch PEDAL STEEL - Jesse Siebenberg CELLO - Yair Evnine ADDITIONAL RECORDING - Stephen Spencer



Dark road, fool’s gold
Cursing the miles now
It’s hard to believe the shape I’m in
They got me talking to the wind

Eight months gone, it was lost time
Smoke in the breeze
If you’re looking for meaning in the road signs
Be careful what you might find

Rose, I took the long way home
So I could roll, roll back to you

A storm rolled in the night we met
Hatful of rain
A box on the shelf where spirits form
Sings “Shelter from the Storm”

You worried the beads of your rosary
A rose by any other name
And when you told me that you knew me
I knew that it would never be the same

Rose, I took the long way home
So I could roll, roll back to you