Better the Devil You Know

from The Storm in Our Head by Kathleen Dunbar

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Better the Devil You Know
By Kathleen Dunbar
Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar

one hell of a night I saw you first
people can die from that kind of thirst
your velvet skin and golden hair
I whispered your name like a prayer

held you
in my arms
I drowned in your kisses
I got high on your charms
I got a heart broken in two
oh baby that’s all I got left of you

a fly in honey, I’ll never be free
I drowned in the sweet trap you set for me
I used to be happy that was before
you left for another— I ain’t happy no more

go slow
don’t stop
let me taste your sweetness
drop by drop
I got the lie cuz nothin was true
baby that’s all I got left of you

spill me water, like dice in a game
oh shake out my body till I got no name
I’m just a match you took and struck
I burned up on you babe, that was my luck

for shame
for shame
love and hunger
well they’re really the same
the laugh when you found somebody new
baby that’s all I got left of you

I pulled my gun when you turned to go
you shoulda stayed with the devil you know
I got an old dog, color of dirt
he’ll howl when they hang me like he was hurt

I know
I know
I should have released you
but I couldn’t let go
I got the door that you walked through
baby that’s all I got left of you


from The Storm in Our Head, released March 23, 2012
Kathleen Dunbar/vocals, Gawain Mathews/guitars, keyboards, shaker, Dan Feiszli/standup bass, Dave Tweedie/Drums


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Kathleen Dunbar San Francisco, California

You may notice my songs are about angels and devils, birth, life, death, about creation and crumbling destruction—the troubles we humans get ourselves into and the choices we make—some of them funky, some of them ending in the dark, others rising into the light of morning. Touching, humorous, spellbinding storytelling—my songs brings you into the irony, the tragedy, and the possibilities of life. ... more

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