Back East

by Thomas Strayhorn

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written by thomas strayhorn

vocals: thomas strayhorn
piano & harmony: james phillips
fiddle & harmony: kate rhudy



the laundry is rolling
got my last load in
dropped my car at the shop down the street
to change the oil again

my head has been ringing
but i swear i did not have a drink
it's cause I’m leaving a good thing
i made some plans to overthink

so ill throw on my radio
a song i know or one i don’t

and i barely know my neighbor
i don’t even know her name
but i know shes got these two kids
rising on from the third grade

well i never thought to ask her
and i guess it does not matter now
cause tomorrow all she'll see here
is another empty house

so ill throw on my radio
a song i know or one that i don’t
i'll let their words guide my thoughts
cause otherwise ill get lost
you know ill get lost

illl find another place to clean my clothes
to take my car when it gets broke
with a brand new neighbor next to me
cause i am headed back east
yeah i am headed back east


released September 28, 2018


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Thomas Strayhorn Durham, North Carolina

Thomas Strayhorn is a singer/songwriter based in Durham, NC who writes simple, lyrically focused songs that are primarily driven by acoustic guitar, piano, and vocal harmonies.

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