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Good in ’62

At the stomp called Ponderosa
the old men strut like bandyroos
You had a hit in Louisiana
That spread to Texas in ‘62

You’re squeezed into your favorite jacket
With the sequins sewn on gabardine
Orange flames are licking black
And on the back; your one, true name

You slam one back And you bite the lime
Then you’re gnawing on your guitar in 2/4 time
You had money in your pockets/ And the women were kind
You had it good in ‘62/You must’ve had it good in ‘62

The band is back but minus Jimmy
Gone last year, this one’s for you
Lorelei’s in crinolines
She’s looking shy and singing ooh

You slam one back And you bite the lime
Then you’re gnawing on your guitar in 2/4 time
You had money in your pockets/ And the women were kind
You had it good in ‘62/You must’ve had it good in ‘62

In the crowd, boys slouch in sideburns
Cuban shirts and two toned shoes
The girls in diggers, pencil skirts
Bettie Page with fresh tattoos

You slam one back And you bite the lime
Then you’re gnawing on your guitar in 2/4 time
You had money in your pockets/ And the women were kind
You had it good in ‘62/You must’ve had it good in ‘62

I don’t know what you’re selling now;
Could be cars or shares or shoes
But you once sold 12,000 records
Back in 1962

You slam one back And you bite the lime
Then you’re gnawing on your guitar in 2/4 time
You had money in your pockets/ And the women were kind
You had it good in ‘62/You must’ve had it good in ‘62

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from American Standard ON SALE, released April 10, 2012

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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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