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music & lyrics: Tanya Reichard Voorhees

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I walk and the jingle of the pennies in my pocket
Are reminding me of home
In this hour of my existence I am lost and left
To roam the empty streets of Skid Row
I am down
As low as the ragged people just off St. Charles Avenue
They say a town can get you down
My God, I know it’s true
New Orleans, the city of dreams that don’t come true

I sit on the levee and I watch the city lights
That are reflecting on the water
Knowing if I had half the courage that I thought I had
I’d take my life
Deprivation is a word that I know very well the meaning of
Hiding from the markets I’ve been stealing from
In New Orleans, the city of dreams that don’t come true

I came from a town northeast of St. Louis away
I came to leave the life I had and find a better way
Oh, in New Orleans, the city of dreams that don’t come true

So here I am, laying low and hungry in an alleyway
Without a name, no place to go
Except back to the streets that I have roamed so many times
Every step and crack by heart I know
I am down
As low as the ragged people just off St. Charles Avenue
They say a town can get you down
My God, I know it’s true
New Orleans, the city of dreams that don’t come true

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from The Story Is Everything, released May 17, 2012
John and Tanya Voorhees: all vocals
John: acoustic 6-string guitar, bass, harmonica, mandolin, bundle sticks, wood block
Tanya: acoustic-6 string guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar

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