The Rosary

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Well that girl was born a Catholic, see
Always made to wear her grandma’s rosary
But it just hung too heavy on her neck
and she wanted more than just a lost town out West

Well she stayed in church cause her momma told her so
But it felt like the preacher was just putting on a show
And all those hymns she used to sing before
They echoed and died and she walked out the basement door
Yeah she left by the basement door

And left a letter in her kitchen back home
Saying I think I’ll make it better on my own
But she kept the rosary tucked secretly in the bottom of her purse
Cause we can all use the luck when life’s so unrehearsed


It was just a good luck charm hidden with her cigarettes
A memory of what might have been bundled in empty threats
And how she wished there just could have been a little more time
it wouldn’t have to end this way, but life’s so unkind

Yeah I know it’s been unkind

Well she bought a ticket for the Greyhound bus
Only got as far as Tishamingo because she didn’t have too much
But at the time it felt like world’s away
Cause she was on her own, finally getting away

Well she walked into the local general store
Said sir I’m traveling alone and ain’t been here before
I don’t got no money but I need a place to stay
Oh please can’t you find some pity? I’ll pay you back someway.

The store clerk just looked at her and said
Well child it’s not much but you can have the storage shed
All I ask is that you clean it up and sweep the floor
That’s how I’ve always done it when kids slept there before

Well she made herself a little makeshift bed
And bundled up her bag under her head
And then felt the rosary sticking through the leather of her purse
and she had to smile cause things could be worse

It was just a good luck charm hidden with her cigarettes
A memory of what might have been bundled in empty threats
And how she wished there just could’ve been a little more time
It wouldn’t have to be this way but life’s just so unkind

Yeah I know it’s been unkind

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from Hay Fever, released April 22, 2011

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