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Tornados in Dallas - Live (Single)

by Bomethius



Two nights after devastating tornados tore through his hometown of Dallas, Texas, Bomethius wrote and recorded his latest single. A sincere folk ballad with a simple, repetitive structure recalling the early releases of Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, “Tornados in Dallas” captures the city’s atmosphere of fear, opening with the lines: “Death was knocking on our door / To remind us that he’s waiting.” However, it also celebrates the mystery and power of disasters, which destroy lives even as they bind people together. Bomethius recorded the single in a hallway inside South Side on Lamar, an historic Dallas landmark.


Death was knocking on our door
To remind us that he’s waiting
Wailing through the sirens
Whistling down the alleys

These riddles in the dark
As all the trees fall in the parks
Lightning's running through the clouds
Tornados in Dallas are touching down

To spend a perfect day together
But end it so far apart
You left these lives scattered and bound
Tornados in Dallas are touching down

The summer’s turned to frosted roses
And the petals still born to fall
Lord come down as something common
Make thin spots of us all

Make the ordinary sacred
In this laughter and the songs
Reveal some light in this darkness
Help us just to get along


released November 18, 2019


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Bomethius Chicago, Illinois

Bomethius is the solo project of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jonathan Hodges. A capable pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, Hodges has also studied the violin since he was 3 years old. With Bomethius, he draws from his classical training for a mischievous brand of baroque pop that echoes the sounds of Andrew Bird, Elliott Smith, and Randy Newman. ... more


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