If You're Willing - Live on KPFA

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Recorded live at KPFA studios for Derk Richardson's program "The Hear and Now" by Tony Ferro, Berkeley CA Oct. 2012

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words and music by Penelope Houston
© 2012 Doctor PP Music (BMI)
lyrics
Now I know my star may hang a little lower
My voice is ragged and my coat is far from new
But like the shimmer of a Caroliner rainbow
Between the cracks the light is coming through

And in your cobbled streets
And in your alleyways
I’m singing to the breaking dawn
And if you’re willing
To die a little
You’ll hear my song
You’ll hear my song

Now I don’t think my heart can bear another love song
For the silver tongued swordsman by the door
No longer can his promises compel me
To choose between the angel and the whore

And in your cobbled streets
And in your alleyways
I’m singing to the breaking dawn
And if you’re willing
To die a little
You’ll hear my song
You’ll hear my song

Still I see the degradation and injustice
But my words are not so righteous anymore
No love of God can justify the killing
And reason never leads us into war

And in your cobbled streets
And in your alleyways
I’m singing to the breaking dawn
And if you’re willing
To die a little
You’ll hear my song
You’ll hear my song

credits

from On Market Street, track released May 1, 2013
Vocals, Autoharp: Penelope
Mandolin: Tom Heyman
Guitar, vocals: Bill Shupp

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