Kitty In Detroit

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The city crashed and crumbled
the people moved away
vines growing up through the remains

We moved in together
she turned with shining eyes
and said it's all we need, it’s paradise

kitty, kitty in Detroit
in 2008

I could never tell if she burned with
an inner anger or inner light
I was entranced thought could save her or help her fight

Had a kind of romance
the broken roofs and stars
but winter came we burnt all of our bridges trying to keep warm

Truth comes
Truth comes streaming in
Just like sunlight through bullet-holes in tin

I could never keep her
I stayed a year too long
I could never hold that hell-bent stare

Smiling in the sunlight
bare legs, flower blouse, abandoned cars
In the only photo that remains

In the days when isolation came
I couldn't take it, I had to get away
That was Kitty, Kitty in Detroit
She's still there fighting her corner eyes ablaze


from Real River, released January 26, 2015
Nicky Woods - Cello
Tim Hurst - Trombone


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