Lewis & Clark took off from St. Louis on this day in 1804, embarking on the head-west journey of all journeys west to study, catalogue and map unknown ‘murrica. ‘Dudes put the Rocky Mountains on the map! Literally. Among many other discoveries.
Discovery being the currency of the times, this is a thread that has been encoded into America’s DNA, and can’t not be thought of when listening to any folkies spawned in the land that became everybody’s land — except the British — like this crew from Pennsylvania, Lewis & Clarke, spawned 200 years after the original eponymous crew. Dig on the tongue-in-cheek wistful journey of “Comfort Inn” and bridge the gap:
She will pick you off the ground
Off the sidewalks of this town
She will take you to the river
And she’ll baptize you
With her grace