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⎇001JW Justice Wing Music: “Niagara Nights” by Colton Pike

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Justice Wing Music

As the world of Justice Wing fleshes out, some of the music native to that world needs to come with it. This is a song by the ‘gloriously broken’ Colton Pike off one of his earlier albums. It’s called "Niagara Nights."

Niagara Nights
(Words/Music by Colton Pike)

On a warm summer night back in '74
I found myself on the hood of my sister's Ford
with a girl who wasn't my sister sitting with me.
The engine's heat still kept us warm
in the bitter cold spray though the fireflies swarmed
over the bushes off to the side of the parking lot
overlooking the falls that Niagara wrought
over time.

Water never stops. It just waits.
Ignoring opinions or foolish mandates--
Cutting through stone or soaking soil
freeze it or blend it or set it to boil
drink it or dump it or fill the ice pack
turn half away and kind of lose track
then discover that somehow the water's back.
They call that sublime.

And I turned to look into her eyes
wondering if I could touch her thighs
not knowing where the line fell after dark
on the razor's edge between the worlds
of land and sea and air
with the Canadian lights burning
across the Northern sky.
Was that fair?

That defines Niagara nights.
Waters churn to burn the lights
pouring over stone
carved by time and ice.
Harnessed by us all.
Chaining the falls.
It's really quite a sight.
You should really see it
Some time.

Leaning up against me with an arm around my waist
she smiled just a little but gave me no taste
no matter what approach I used.
I wanted to ask if I made her mad
or reminded her of someone who made her sad
but instead I slid my arm around her in kind.
I closed my eyes and felt the mist
rising off the waters and the vapors kissed
me instead.

And suddenly I was all confused
by time and space and all the rules.
I could hardly blame her if she recused
herself from the situation.
And suddenly I wasn't even sure what nation
this asphalt sea lay in.
And I wondered if our hearts were somehow part
of that monumental power station
just ahead.

That defines Niagara nights.
Waters churn to burn the lights
pouring over stone
carved by time and ice.
Harnessed by us all.
Chaining the falls.
It's really quite a sight.
You should really see it
Some time.


(This song was born of a desire to quote a Leonard Cohen song in one of my stories, only if you quote song lyrics in a story you’ve got to… you know, pay for that. So, Colton Pike — who first ‘came to life’ because of a similar desire to quote a Zevon song — got to write a song. It’s interesting trying to write in a specific style as it was at a specific period of time. This song should really feel like it came from the late seventies to early eighties.)

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