East Junk Hangyard

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East Junk Hangyard
By Kathleen Dunbar
Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar

East Junk Hangyard
belly full of steel
he drove the locomotive
was a devil at the wheel
the freight that he was carryin
you wouldn’t wanna know
Red got the fire
goin down below

pretty Betty Blue
was the woman that he loved
pull comes to push
and the pushes start to shove
be careful with desire
careful what you dream cuz
wishes got a dark side
‘ll tear you at the seam

come on Betty
come to me
please pretty Betty
won’t you set me free
I’m the cat’s meow
I’m pretty kitty don’t you know
you gotta have the fire
goin down below


the preacher calls on jesus
to heal in the tent
but travellin’s expensive
and there’s money jesus spent oh
the money box was full
the preacher got bored
when the wild life called
he was out the door

well he met Betty
at the damnin of his soul
she come to the tent
eyes black like coal
took the preacher’s hand
looked him up an down
said honey bring your money
and we’ll paint the town

well he’ll lie for he
die for her

oh how
he’ll cry for her

crumbs of love
is your supper all the time
you’re hopin’ for a dollar
but you’ll settle for a dime
shoulda known better
but the deed went down
Red found Betty
on the other side of town

you can always find a fella
if you’re willin to pay
use a little muscle
to brighten up your day, (now) there was
Betty in the juke joint
dressed in baby blue, he said
I’ll make your train wreck
and the preacher is through


the band kept playin
the singer did his thing
when the honeybee gets mad-oh!
then she up and sting
Red threw a punch
preacher threw a chair
but Betty sent the bullets
flyin through the air
I heard she left the preacher
for a fella on the coast
he had a lotta money
so he got a lotta votes
Red’s still around
but he ain’t right since
pretty Betty Blue
shot out his light

come on Betty
come to me
please pretty Betty
won’t you set me free
I’m the cat’s meow
I’m pretty kitty don’t you know
you gotta have the fire
goin down below
you got to have the fire
goin down below


from Liars, Cutthroats and Dames, released August 4, 2017
Kathleen Dunbar/songwriting, vocals. Gawain Mathews/guitars, keyboard. Kyle Caprista/drums. Kathleen and Gawain: snapping fingers. Dan Feiszli/standup bass. Nicholas Daniel Wlodarszyk/trombone. Rich Armstrong/trumpet. Bryan S. Dyer/backing vocals.



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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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