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By Kathleen Dunbar
Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar

I bought me a ticket to Joytown
I bought me a ticket to play
it’ll cost my life if I leave here
cost me more if I stay

I walk in the water
to wash away my sin
but the stain it gets darker
that’s the kind of trouble I’m in

no holdin back on a slippery track
can’t stop a runaway train
ain’t no use to fight with a noose
no brake on a hurricane

some people been dyin
in some of the places I been
they want me for livin
that’s the kind of trouble I’m in

I wish I could but I can’t stop
the siren calls to my end
if I live through the morning
tomorrow I’ll do it again

I’m tired of losin
can you tell me why I never win
my chance ain’t great at the pearly gate
that’s the kind of trouble I’m in

I’m stuck in Johnson City
mm-hm I might die
I met one-eyed Jesus
that’s the Jesus lost his eye

he said don’t you know me
right hand of the great big boss
hey baby when you need it
I can help you to get across

come the end of the day
everybody got to go to their jones
when sweet jesus died
he died with the nails in his bones
I got these evil ways
if I go I know I’m lost
when I can’t take the pain
then I’ll pick up the cross
and I know, I know, this pain I’m holdin
one shot, I know, would make it golden

mm mm I need this
a blind man needs a cane
I guess I need my jesus
to take away my pain

the heaven he is selling
that’d put me on the nod
he said more’s the pity
take a shot and call it god



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