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Ghost on First

by Josh Olmstead

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Song lyrics:

With a ghost on first in the silver fur of a Big Sur summer night
You can feed the mule by thunder volt and frightening
On the moody side of the highway cornfields jockeying for light
All the way cross towns from Cascade, Iowa to Rising Fawn, GA

By the cream of a rush moon let's meet at 4th and Mars for suds
We can El Bar waltz in C across this Marin County mud
Slide back in time and order up your poached eggs with coffee
Breakdown the jukebox song order for me just one more time

Your aura was so orange
When you set out on this primitive trail
Of untamed smiles and backyard fires

Be confident tonight
When you hit your mark at center stage
It'll be okay
With a ghost on first
You can hold your place
Even if you lose your way

Venice boardwalk, nuclear families on cool sand beach blankets
Barefoot whispers, passersby, and still the moon won't blink
Time your fifty yard dash to the ferris wheel from here
And if you beat your top score, well, we'll take your hand-me-downs


released December 8, 2015
Track credits:

Written by Josh Olmstead

Recorded by Bill Moriarty
Produced and Mixed by Bill Moriarty with Josh Olmstead
Certified Mastered for iTunes by Ryan Schwabe
Recorded at Kawari Sound Recording Studio
Harmony Vocal and Guitar Solo Overdubs at Hi5 Recording Studio

Performed by Josh Olmstead's Union of Mad Scientists:

Sean Gallagher (bass)
Avi Glickman (drums)
Stephen Horne (harmony vox, guitars, Hammond C3, Fender Rhodes)
Josh Olmstead (vox, guitars)

Cover art: Jon Lion

All artists appear courtesy of themselves.

(P) & (C) 2014 Joshua Olmstead Music (ASCAP)


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Josh Olmstead Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Warmly crafted, neo-traditionalist (read: classic rock) influenced psychedelia” WXPN The Key

“Country-kissed folk-pop resonates with honesty, from its flawed characters to true-to-life conflicts” PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY

"Complex, lit-pop.... promises to be a tear in the beer"
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