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The Empire State

by John Anealio

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"A work of Coulton-ic genius. A thing of beauty." -Ken Denmead, author of GeekDad

"This is an artist to keep an eye on." -Brandon Sanderson, author of The Gathering Storm, Elantris, & The Mistborn Trilogy

This song was commissioned by Mur Lafferty and Angry Robot Books for the WorldBuilder project. Think of this song as a short story that takes place in the same universe as Adam Christopher's EMPIRE STATE novel. Check out all of the fun at empirestate.cc

The fabulous artwork is by Galen Dara

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One minute I'm walking down 5th Avenue
The next I wake up in an alley
My head is pounding, there's an orange hue
A hooded man says he'll save me.

He places a gas mask onto my face
Tells me to take it easy
The goggles mist as my heart acclimates
But I get nervous when he says

Welcome to the Empire State
No one will ever find you
Welcome to the Empire State

We walk to the corner of Hanover Street
and climb up the stairs of the brownstone
We enter a room of New York refugees
He says he's the Pastor of Lost Souls

We read from The Seduction of The Innocent
While the pastor waves his hatchet
He speaks with power and eloquence
But I got nervous when he says

Welcome to the Empire State
No one will ever find you
Welcome to the Empire State

I'm in New York on July 4th
I'm in New York
It's the summertime and I'm in the city

I'm in New York on July 4th
I'm in New York
I look across the river and I see Jersey City

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released April 2, 2012
John Anealio: Vocals, Acoustic, Electric & Slide Guitars, Bass, Piano, Organ, Synthesizers & Drum Programming.

Joe Cunningham: Saxophone Solo

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John Anealio New Jersey

John Anealio performs geeky anthems for writers, librarians, lovers of Sci-Fi, Best Buy customers & robots. His music sounds like John Mayer, Weezer & James Taylor playing Dungeons & Dragons together on their iPhones.

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