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about

I started writing this while biking home from the farmers market. I stopped at Allison’s house to share a few songs and was inspired to sing on my way home. What came out was an early version of the chorus, which I sang all through the neighborhood and up into my attic room and fleshed out the rest over the next week or so, the presence of this new song like a lover

I soon realized that this was the response and conclusion to a song I’d written a year ago, which would become “Ballad of Frankie.”

lyrics

Come down to the water sometime
It feels fine my love
Feels almost right

It’s where I’ll be lying tonight
My story ends at the riverbend
Where the brambles are always in bloom
And just overhead the slivered moon

Frankie you son of a gun
I will never forgive the things that you done
Frankie you son of a bitch
With your sweet-talking tales
I’m over it

You swore that job was your last
So I lent you my gun
And waited out back

Then you sang me to sleep in your arms
But I woke up cold
And the money was gone

They told me I wasn’t the first
To fall for your charms
To quench your thirst

But I believed you
For a year or two

Frankie…

I walked to the edge of our town
Where the poor boys
Pass their bottles around

And I followed the rail til the bridge
But I never looked back
I just jumped right in

If you’re ever coming back home
Bury my clothes and scatter my bones…

If you’re coming back home
Scatter my bones

Come down to the water sometime
To the place where we’d meet
With a bottle of wine

You used to kiss me so sweet
But my story ends at the riverbend

O Frankie you son of a gun
I will never forgive the things that you done
Frankie you son of a bitch
With your sweet talking tales, I’m…

O Frankie you son of a bitch
I love you still
You lunatic

credits

from Homeland for the Restless, released January 13, 2013
Scott P. on bass

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Leo J and The Mêlée Portland, Oregon

Hands in the dirt
Face to the wind
Folk Songs

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