Queen of the Western Hemisphere

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She told the tallest tale
that you ever heard in your life
Contessa Highway
Once she was a spy
and once she was a suburban wife
Contessa Highway
slumming with the blue bloods
slumming with the cannery bums
Contessa Highway
Now she’s on the run
and her phone’s  tapped by Republicans

Known as Juanita
in uncharted parts of the south
Contessa Highway
Sally Rae in Reno
a fugitive in the Puget Sound
Contessa Highway
Mo in Arcata
in a pretty blue taffeta gown
Contessa Highway
she’s been in every American town

She saw a dirt preacher
drawing words on glass
tore off the rear view mirror
burned down the past
now her only instinct
is to get out of here
she’s the Queen of the Western Hemisphere

Shootin up the night
til her 410 ran out of lead
Contessa Highway
Truck stop showers
and a cab over a Peterbilt bed
Contessa highway
don’t play liar’s dice or canasta  
with the government man
Contessa highway
drawing variations on the typical American plan
 
She saw a dirt preacher
drawing words on glass
tore off the rear view mirror
burned down the past
now her only instinct
is to get out of here
she’s the Queen of the Western Hemisphere

She filled the radiator up
with gun powder whiskey and beer
Contessa Highway
running red lights
on the road that led her to here
Contessa Highway
chrome, tail fins and a
rosary tied to the grill
Contessa Highway
She’s sailed through
every American town

 


 

 

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