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 Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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