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by Dayna Kurtz

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i found my love i lost my heart i found my love but where’s my heart they love you from the bottom up your head comes all apart my price went down my youth is gone i hate this town my youth is gone i went to bed a head of state and now i mow the lawns careful what you wish for i had a secret small and rare hell i had secrets everywhere they withered in the light of love and i don’t even care if they want me, i’ll be found just look for me i’ll be around i’ll be wearing friday night a few feet off the ground careful what you wish for for heavy lids and whole wheat hair your sweetest smile and lusty stare whatever i can gather up, whatever i can spare i found my love i lost my heart i found my love but where’s my heart they love you from the bottom up your head comes all apart
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Nola 04:11
new york is impossibly handsome impossibly bright but his hands are too busy his shirts are too shiny and tight on fridays he dances to metronomes so he can keep counting all night all night all night every time that i see her my heart ends up begging to stay she’s been calling me to her she tortures me every day have you been on a joyride say your best backslide then rocked all night till you’re trembling and sore? just take me in your scented arms new orleans i’m coming for more oh, new orleans i’m coming for more i know angels can lie if it lightens your load they’ll be stroking your cheek but they’re speaking in code they’ll take all your money and then hit the road and leave you broken and smiling he has no use for me he never looks in my eyes i’ve been waking in panic it’s no way to live or to die i’ve nothing of value to bring you i come to you wasted and poor please take me in your scented arms new orleans i’m coming for more oh, new orleans i’m coming for more in the rush and the spin in the flush of my sins she’ll be rolling her eyes while she beckons me in please god let me love truly forgive every nation and walk like a woman again. baby i love you but baby i just have to go i’ve got so much to learn she’s got secrets i just have to know i left my true love for you oh just take everything i’ll do what you want me to do please take me in your scented arms new orleans i’m coming for you oh, new orleans i’m coming for you
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Venezuela 04:55
That was such a lovely dream the streets were golden in the sun I’d never been to Venezuela but my family was all there and my mother looked so young Venezuela looked like Brooklyn (though the streets were twice as wide) Children spun around the trees little tops, little sufis Mamas smiled from inside oh, Fernando, I’m so sorry for the love you saved for me but my heart is locked forever in another lovely dream He approached me like a prince and said he’s loved me all his life He said he knew that I’d come here He’s been waiting all these years that i’m meant to be his wife And my sister was so jealous of the love he had for me She left, stomping ‘cross the square rigid arms, flying hair Her skirt had many layers and it bounced like Sandra Dee’s oh, Fernando, I’m so sorry whatever could I say to a man I’ve never met who’s the one who got away I cried to see his heart so plainly (for he was such a formal man) handed to me like a daisy in the presence of my family from his damp and shaking hands I said Fernando, I can’t stay here and a clock began to chime And I opened up my shirt and in its bony cage ticked a paper valentine oh, Fernando i’m so sorry for the love you saved for me but my heart is locked forever in another lovely dream
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I’m lonely today but in a good way I’ve let my heart lead without mercy sometimes I’m faithful to you and I know I will be and I’m not always kind but i’m trying There’s a zydeco band in the last sticky light And I’m dancing with strangers one after another And the only thing left to want from this night is you dancing with me as my own sweetest lover you’re in the city and you’re looking for desert then you’re in the desert and you’re looking for rain you’re in his arms looking for comfort he’s given you comfort, now you’re looking for pain Not another dark waltz - I dream these too often out in the back digging holes for our dinner Another brass tack for the lid of my coffin Another black feather for the wings of a sinner you’re in the city and you’re looking for desert then you’re in the desert and you’re wishing for rain you’re in his arms looking for comfort he’s given you comfort, now you’re begging for pain Next time i see you could you act like a stranger and kiss me like you don’t know love has a chance Remember that first time in my old apartment - wherever our feet touch the ground let em dance
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i’ve been lazy i’ve been overfed i’ve been thinking too much with my head i was dreaming about the life you led on the banks of the edisto on the banks of the edisto where the sweet gum and the cypress grows i want to know what the cypress knows on the banks of the edisto where’d you go when you died my friend do you see us did your soul ascend and i listened for his answer then on the banks of the edisto heaven’s here, where the bard owl cries where the smile meets my sweetheart’s eyes i’ll be right here taming dragonflies only heaven i need to know on the banks of the edisto where the sweet gum and the cypress grows i want to know what the cypress knows on the banks of the edisto i’ve been lazy i’ve been overfed i’ve been thinking too much with my head i’ve been dreaming about the life you led on the banks of the edisto
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it’s the day of atonement, 2001 it’s the day of atonement, 2001 and i’m sorry for anything i might have done i’m sorry for everything we’ve left to do i’m sorry we’re still so confused well, i never had faith - so, we’ll never be safe we never were safe anyway it’s just that the veil was ripped from our face on such a beautiful day (chorus) mohommed is pacing when he isn’t kneeling jesus can’t talk he’s too busy weeping yahweh’s a mother who sighs at the ceiling if only they knew how good it could’ve been it’s the day of atonement 2004 would jesus be happy we evened the score you hypocrites, bullies who profit from war may your gods all spit on your graves i say all of you gods tell your squabbling children whatever the color or call they can all go to hell (if there is such a thing) go to hell have it out have a ball (instrumental) (chorus) mohommed is pacing when he isn’t kneeling jesus can’t talk he’s too busy weeping yahweh’s a mother who sighs at the ceiling if only they knew how good it could’ve been i say all of you gods tell your squabbling children whatever the color or call you can all go to hell (if there is such a thing) go to hell have it out have a ball
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Showdown 03:33
pulled out the big guns got my best dress on shit, i’d forgotten you were charming -you’re disarming been playing too hard this is a hard town & all my old gang has broken down, somehow i miss them all (though not just now) we say i’m fine, how are you showdown it’s you & me got you pinned up against a stark raving skyline it’s love, yeah love just picks me up then lets me down pulled out the big guns got my new boots on i’m gonna wear a groove so deep in your mind that everyone coming after me will be moving to my beat showdown we got green lights down 9th avenue we got an ice cold slice of winter moon we both got torture guards around our hearts mine usedta break me down too soon showdown
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Right For Me 03:55
hold back the cannons call off the guards how did your eyes get so mean so fast so hard? can we do something else we’ve been here before stop dragging me into the battles of your little wars i don’t know what you’re going through what demons you need to set free i don’t think you’re right in the head but i think you’re just right for me you’re just right for me baby you’re just right for me so call me tomorrow when this storm has passed when you’re good you love me like nobody else ever has i don’t know what you’re going through what demons you need to set free i don’t think you’re right in the head but i think you’re just right for me you’re just right for me baby you’re just right for me
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The Miracle 04:57
sleep holds nothing but dreams hold nothing but we’ll never know we’ll never know we are open as sky can be a birds eye a tapped knee we’re in it now we’re in it now we are strangers come this far someday even stars will leave us they’ll leave us we are half a work of art half smile half heart we’ll never know we’ll never know we are

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released June 1, 2006

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Dayna Kurtz New Orleans, Louisiana

Dayna Kurtz is the kind of artist who inspires wild-eyed zealotry among her fans, and there are 3 reasons for it: 1, she's an artist's artist, one whose whiskeyed, determined alto often earns her comparisons with Nina Simone; 2 while Europeans adore her, she's obscenely underappreciated in her own country; and 3, her songs straddle a difficult space between jazz, rock, and folk, & are pure poetry. ... more

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