Heaven In The Desert Night

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One day in L.A. on my way to the airport a young woman whizzed by me in a beat up Plymouth Duster with a dreamcatcher on her rearview mirror. I imagined the rest..

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In a bent brown dirty Duster off drove Vera
Mama waving faded to a speck
Dreamcatcher hanging around her rear view mirror
Saint somebody hanging around her neck
Mama said when you make Nevada
Got a father there somewhere I'm told
But she blew straight through never thought of stopping
More like him than she could ever know
Now the low plain curled into the high sierra
Quick she crossed the California line
As she neared the shimmer of the fabled city
Heaven in the desert night
From a black on black Mercedes out jumped Gino
Came up to the counter Vera smiled
Looked her up and down while she made him cappuccino
When she got off he was waiting outside
He said you got something baby
So you never acted you could start this week
You didn’t come all this way to be a waitress
Took his card she hardly stopped to think
Up and over Highland to the burning valley
She'd tell Mama California lies
Of the life where lights and legend never faded
Heaven in the desert night
Now the town was fast she was even faster
Wrong crowd somehow outran them too
Hung up after Mama called to ask her
Is it true? I can't believe that was you
Ended up a downtown dancer
Turning tricks to get a fix she broke
Called up Mama but she never answered
Own arms around her when they found her cold
From the canyon pass down to the dirty alleys
Echoes haunt the California night
Searchlights stab up through the long dark yonder
Heaven in the desert night

credits

from Black Sheep Blues, released June 1, 2014
HEAVEN IN THE DESERT NIGHT
Kelley Looney | vocals, bass, acoustic and electric guitar
George Bradfute | keyboards and acoustic guitar
Jimmy Lester | drums

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