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Powerful story sung with the spontaneous jump start that David Elias & The Great Unknown band were well known for on the Hwy 1 SF Coast at home with friends, other musicians, bikers, and ne'er do wells in the San Gregorio General Store.


The Toll Road - by David Elias

He was running from his country
An outlaw of his times
He was just as drunk and dirty
As any of his kind
He'd been labeled and crusaded
Seeking refuge from the road
Unloyal and unaided
Where the tolls go where you go

He was instant with connections
Connected on the wire
Benefiting from protection
Of those good old guns for hire
Well he played em and he made em
Make decisions on their own
From the goodness of his wild heart
Where the tolls go where you go

He made a fortune on persuasion
In an unfortunate kind of way
When they described a male caucasian
With a high price on his head
Well his cars were found abandoned
And his footsteps here and there
And the dust of desert canyons
Sparked his traces in the air
With the conviction of a saint
He rode em high and low
With nary a complaint
Where the tolls go where you go

Well those years were not unlucky
And they left him well at large
Until some skinny girl in Truckee
Caught him camping near her lodge
Without aiding or abetting
Or even waking him from sleep
They shot him up in pieces
On the granite by the creek
He had misplaced all his connections
Abandoned the old road
And paid on those collections
Where the tolls go where you go


released July 4, 2018
Written By David Elias ©2002
David Elias: acoustic, vocal, harmonica
Gary MacArthur: flute, tenor sax
Lisa Kelly: mandolin, backup vocal
Scotty Beynon: bass
Reid Dennis: percussion
Perry Thorwaldson: drums

Produced and Arranged by David Elias


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David Elias Hawaii

David Elias writes music and lyrics about living and dreaming and nature.

He has self- produced his own CDs and SACDs/DSD Downloads since 1995. Now pioneering MQA.

He takes photographs and uses them and his songs to make videos about nature and living and dreaming.

HD Videos since 2010

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