Iowa Writes

DAVID ZOLLO
Parnell


They said I'd never hold your arm,
They said I'd never hold my head up high;
They said I'd never hold the nighttime in my hands,
So they said, and they was right.

They said the pills and liquor would not raise me,
Such a shame to see a young man die.
They said my emotions were the distance between two points,
So they said, and they was right.

If I make it back to Parnell,
I ain't never coming back here;
Where my dreams were tossed like whiskey across the bar
And the whole place smells like my fear.

They said I'd never hold your arm,
They said I'd never hold my head up high;
They said I'd never hold the nighttime in my hands,
So they said, and they was right.

They said the pills and liquor would not raise me,
Such a shame to see a young man die.
They said my emotions were the distance between two points,
So they said, and they was right.

If I make it back to Parnell,
I ain't never coming back here;
Where my dreams were tossed like whiskey across the bar
And the whole place smells like my fear.

I took off west with both legs running
To find myself some of your happiness,
But my hopes were scattered like husks in the field;
I've given up on life I guess.

If I make it back to Parnell,
I ain't never coming back here;
Where my dreams were tossed like whiskey across the bar
And the whole place smells like my fear.

So baby, if you see me walking,
Back home, all alone, in the moonlight,
Then you'll know that place got the best of me,
So they said, and they was right.

If I make it back to Parnell,
I ain't never coming back here;
Where my dreams were tossed like whiskey across the bar
And the whole place smells like my fear.

© 1999, David Zollo, BMI, all rights reserved. From the CD Uneasy Street, on Trailer Records, Iowa City, USA.

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Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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DAVID ZOLLO

David Zollo is an Iowa City-based singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and the founder of the music label Trailer Records. His CDs include The Big Night, Uneasy Street, and The Morning is a Long Way from Home.

David Zollo's website

Trailer Records

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