The Battaglias

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Music and Lyrics by Luke Gyure.
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"The Battaglias"

She always does the ordering. He does the sitting down. She says, “He’s hard of hearing.” He says, “Etta – quiet down.” They come here after dinner, 5:30 on the dot. She gets hers with vanilla; he gets his extra hot.

She asks me where I went to school. I tell her “U of M.” She says, “Oh, that’s wonderful. That’s where both our kids went. We just love Ann Arbor, Albert and I. When we moved here back in ’54, we knew we’d be here our whole lives.”

. . . . .

She met him at his father’s shop, where he stocked the shelves. With metal hinges, wooden screws, nuts and blots and nails - all the things somebody needs to keep a home intact. And for awhile there, they almost believed it was as simple as that.

February 5th, 1951: Albert lands in Korea.
June 21st, 1954: Her water breaks in the night.
April 13th, 1969: They ask him to clean out his desk.
December 25th, 1976: They fold their hands in prayer.
May 17th, 1983: Thomas comes out to his father.
July 28th, 1988: Rosa comes home to sober up.
October 11th, 1997: At a café called The Grind, into his good ear, she says, “Albert, dear, do you want that for here, or to go?”

. . . . .

They slowly rise from their table, the way old people do: bones all stuck together with all that human glue. They make their way towards the door, with effort but with grace. They struggle for a straight line, tracing slow and shaky shapes through space.

She says, “I hope the rest of the week isn’t quite so hot.”
I say, “I’ll see you two tomorrow – 5:30, on the dot.”


from Ian Limbo: The Rough Drafts, released November 15, 2011
Luke Gyure: Guitars, Vocals, Music, Lyrics, Arrangement, Production
Ryan Vaughn: Percussion
Steve Wall (of Gardentone, Brooklyn, NY): Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Production



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