Half of You Good

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Half of You Good
By Kathleen Dunbar
Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar

VERSE
fancy man, paintin the town
take a coin and finger it down
makin your bet, see what you get
wheel of fate spinnin around

oh hoh prayer and a curse
half of you good, half of you worse
crying and crying, chasin the high
baby you ain’t the first

and you
when you play
ain’t no right or wrong
make a bet
with your debt
sorrow’s the end of your song

all the angels lookin at you
but the devil he’s takin your side
oh hoh you know the bill
come due at the end of the ride
it don’t help if you cry
or if you lie
you can’t carry it boy
then you die

VERSE
oh hoh break or bend
cards your lady, your lover, your friend
tomorrow you’ll quit, be done with it
who you foolin you’ll do it again

oh hoh heavy as stone
carry the weight till it’s crackin your bone
sweet and mean, gamblin queen
she won’t leave you alone

and you say
when you pray
ain’t no right or wrong
make a bet
with your debt
sorrow’s the end of your song

lady luck is tired of you
oh you curse her name
¬¬¬¬give her your love or take it away
the hell that you feel’s the same
wherever you turn
you never learn
you’re gonna burn
with the pain

VERSE
oh hoh all you know
never get free wherever you go
sit on the porch, bottle in hand
lady tells your story of woe

hangman’s noose swingin your doom
preacher man stand in the gloom
mumble his words pullin the bell
now you goin to hell

and you say
when you play
ain’t no right or wrong
make a bet
with your debt
sorrow’s the end of your song

oh-oh lonely world
all you know is gone
kill when a man is lookin at you
and the look that he gives is wrong
it’s understood
half of you good
in a coffin of wood
in the dawn

credits

from Liars, Cutthroats and Dames, released August 4, 2017
Kathleen Dunbar/songwriting, vocals. Gawain Mathews/guitars, electric bass. Kyle Caprista/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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