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Cut me some slack boys I’m packin’ it in
I gotta see that Molly again
Such a long time comin’, be a rough road to ride
Don’t know I’ll make it but I sure wanna try

I was young, I musta been twenty
Playin’ for tips at a dive in the city
Strummin’ some old insignificant song
She starts stompin’ and singing along

She asked for a tune, I barely knew it
But I told her I did and I fumbled on through it
She threw down her coat, like a hero’s disguise
And she danced like a flame, like a sacrifice

Yeah we needn’t speak, I knew what she was sayin’
Each movement answered just what I was playin’
Every arch of her back, every sweep of my hand
But the way it turned out I can’t understand

Oh sweet Molly my brother’s had his turn
Had five good years to treat you right
No more does he deserve
Oh sweet Molly, take a chance on me
We’ll pick up from where we left off
So get your dancing shoes

My brother’s got ways that I can’t fathom
He seems to get women just by lookin’ at ‘em
Smellin’ like Old Spice, tobacco and cider
He slid on in and pushed up beside her

He spoke somethin’ into her ear
And with those words my love disappeared
I could feel it escapin’, my broken heart beatin’
Pickin’ up pace like an army retreating

Sure enough my prediction was sound
Sure as a stake driven hard through the ground
They left me playin’, shaken and sore
Her hand cupped in his as they walked out the door


I don’t know how they lasted this long
When she’s so right and he’s so wrong
What she sees cripples my thinkin’
Holdin’ it together while he’s out drinkin’

We meet as a family once every year
And he’s too far gone to ever appear
But Molly don’t fail us and that fire in her eyes
It flickers a little, but it’s still alight

And each time I think about drivin’ away
With Molly beside me we’ll start a new day
Windows down and music loud
One of these days I’ll get these words out



from How Red Is the Blood, released March 13, 2014


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Tattletale Saints Nashville, Tennessee

Winners of the NZ Music Award for Folk Album of The Year 2014 and finalists in the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2013 for song "Complicated Man".

"sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity… songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon's… a very emotionally engaging album" Graham Reid elsewhere.co.nz
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