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Day 4: Coney Island

Are you ready to experience something weird, wild and wonderful? Welcome to Coney Island.

Song Story

Lyrics

She swallowed swords
Dressed like a fever dream
Old black wood stage
10 feet in front of me
I watched the world slip away
A pale reflection in her blade

She drew in flames
Gasoline across her arms
Tongue to the torches
Yet she remained unharmed
Well, I saw a flicker of real life
Dance cross her eyes in the stagelight

And the waves crashed over Coney Island
So fast and so violent
They washed away
Oh they washed away

You said that we
We could ask you anything
You would not lie
You’d answer everything
I kept my questions to myself
I was too afraid to let them out

And the waves crashed over Coney Island
So fast and so violent
They washed away
Oh they washed away

You painted waves on the windowpanes Life you were daring the hurricane
To come back again

And the waves crashed over Coney Island
So fast and so violent
They washed away
Oh they washed away

Conversation

What’s the wildest or weirdest place you have ever visited? When you think of that place, what’s the first thing you remember?

Photo Album

Track by Track

Where’d I find those circus sounds in the middle of a pandemic? 

Wear headphones for the best experience.

Points of Interest

Extra versions, music videos, behind the scenes and more – every stop has its hidden gems.

Music Video

Stitched together from some incredible ephemeral footage from the Prelinger Archives.

Original Version

The original version from my Thrills! EP puts the acoustic guitar in the spotlight. There’s also been a lyric change – can you catch it?

Stream my Thrills! EP

Includes my sideshow love song, Broken Can Fix Broken AND my cover of Tom Waits’ Coney Island Baby.

Feeling a little sensory overload? 

Tomorrow we visit a “thin place” for a little restoration.

Your tour guide,
Von Bieker