The Charm of the Highway Strip

The Magnetic Fields

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MRG055 | Release Date 2008

Ten gothic country-pop road songs by Stephin Merritt. Kind of like if Yaz were from Oklahoma.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Lonely Highway 03:06 $0.99 Buy
Play Long Vermont Roads 03:27 $0.99 Buy
Play Born On A Train 03:46 $0.99 Buy
Play I Have The Moon 02:37 $0.99 Buy
Play Two Characters In Search Of A Country Song 03:33 $0.99 Buy
Play Crowd Of Drifters 03:36 $0.99 Buy
Play Fear Of Trains 03:15 $0.99 Buy
Play When The Open Road Is Closing In 03:39 $0.99 Buy
Play Sunset City 04:06 $0.99 Buy
Play Dust Bowl 02:20 $0.99 Buy

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