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Midsummer Hail Storm (single)

by Danny Schmidt



This is just a little home recording of a song about the dog days of summer. When you grow up in Texas, your relationship with the summertime is a rocky one. This song was extremely cathartic for me to write.



110 in the sunshine, 112 in the shade
The slide is a skillet of bacon and eggs
The kids are all scrambled, the dads are all fried
While the butter halves have melted away

A brother, a sister, a cousin or two
Lying dead on their towels and dreaming of school
Like homesick gorillas asleep at the zoo
Or like cannonballs that all missed the pool

Long days, slow played
Someone unbuttoned your blouse
Wet wipes and short nights
Peach juice that runs down your mouth
Ice in the wine, frozen in time
Asleep til the sun slinks back south

The neighborhood children, the dogs, and the bugs
They’re eating our burgers and drinking our blood
Is a midsummer hail storm a sign from above
Or the laughter of beer that got warm

Praying for football and pining for hoops
There’s nothing to cheer for but gin and vermouth
Baseball’s been dead since they traded Babe Ruth
And the summer’s the curse that we pay


The translucent gringos and porcelain dolls
Slathered in sunscreen and cooked til they’re raw
Shiny white lighthouses lost in the fog
Or like snow angels burned in the sand

There’s sweat on the melons and sweat on the seeds
There’s sweat in the shade and there’s sweat on the breeze
My belly’s is a river, my butt is the sea
And the delta is fertile and green



released August 8, 2021


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Danny Schmidt Austin, Texas

Named to the Chicago Tribune's "50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years," Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, with lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt. ... more


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