I miss the smell of Virginia

by Lawrence Walker III

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“I wrote this song trying to describe my feelings of abandonment and feeling like a fuck up to my parents as a kid. Even though I didn’t realize I was trans at this age, I imagine me runaway being such a trans girl thing to do. This was the peak of my emo years, which was a way of experiencing with gender one way or another to eventually discover I was a agender genderless trans girl. The song references a time when I was 12, where I ran away for a couple of hours back when I lived in my home state and took the highway because I didn’t know where else to go. I actually was trying to get to the mall. I never made because the cops beat me to it; apparently someone on the highway had called them. This event was around the time I also heard that I was leaving a place I had roots in to move to northern New York, and I really had no choice in. I am using the highway as a metaphor to how I still feel lost now in myself, and roots being so far away from them in The Pacific Northwest.“

Lawrence Walker is a butch, sad, emo trans girl from the sticks and stones of Tha Burg.

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released April 18, 2018
This performance was recorded by Heartspark Press on April 13, 2018 at Gallery Boom in Olympia, Washington.

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