Sweet Carline

from The Storm in Our Head by Kathleen Dunbar

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Sweet Carline
By Kathleen Dunbar
Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar

his shirt was red, his shirt was red
I saw that shirt when he was dead
but he took off that shirt when he lay with Carline
in her bed, uh-huh

he broke the window, he broke that glass
he fell right out the window, he run fast
he could not run fast enough Carline’s man he caught him
up at last, uh-huh

the gun was black as a devil’s back
had an old long barrel, the gun was black
when you shoots a man uh-huh you never can
take it back, uh-huh


he fell in the field by the apple tree
apples fell down on him
when she found her man, Sweet Carline she wept
upon her knees, uh-huh

them dogs’ll bite, them dogs’ll bite
they set those dogs on him that night
when they caught him up, the chain they had for him it
held him tight, uh-huh

in Johnson City, where trouble’s been
you can find her lover and her man
in the old graveyard you can hear them both call out for
Sweet Carline, uh-huh


lord lord, this life is hard
bide your time with me till the moon go dark
then take you a little candle, yeah, and make you a
little spark, uh-huh

I’m gonna dream, I’m gonna dream
they won’t let me be when I dream
well you know my name, my name is Sweet
Carline, uh-huh


from The Storm in Our Head, released March 23, 2012
Kathleen Dunbar/vocals, Gawain Mathews/guitars, shaker, DanFeiszli/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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