Rhyming and Lyrics – Chestnut and 4th – IDHOTTL #4

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Chestnut and 4th by Melodie Yvonne

Down deep in this shady motel on the corner of Chestnut and 4th
The walls move 24 hours a day and nobody there’s seen the Lord

A counterfeit tabula rasa in a town known for bein’ just small
But the only thing further away from the truth is how far the cops are from the law

In the streets the meth whores and their “Daddies” slither ‘round sniffin’ for tricks
And there’s no fucking discrimination, no fucking such thing as “just kids”

The days just keep on gettin’ longer and the cold winter nights scurry close
And all of the residents trapped in that place are runnin’ away from their ghosts

And the smell of the aged rotting flesh that piles up so deep in their closets
Brings them together and keeps them from leavin’ like pheromones sprayed ‘round in a brothel

Yet somehow there’s always a room left, that vacancy sign’s always on
And it calls out to lost souls all over the world that get trapped in its wide open arms

That comforting glow of the street lights that makes you feel 16 and free
Just like Stockholm Syndrome can make you feel love the Chestnut can make you love to bleed

And me, I’m not really no different, wanderin’ in off the streets
A part of me’s still right on back there and don’t know if I wanna leave

From that little old sleazy motel room on the corner of Chestnut and 4th
Where the walls move 24 hours a day and no one can save you but the Lord

I left all my innocence back there, on the corner of Chestnut and 4th
I just can’t remember what my life was like before I walked right through that door

Before I stepped into that cold room, on the corner of Chestnut and 4th
Where the walls move 24 hours a day, but you’ll never move there no more.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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