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little black girl in a red dress
on a hot night with a broken shoe
little black girl you shoulda never left home
there’s probly someone that’s still waitin up for you
it’s cold back in chicago
but in los angeles it’s worse
when all you got is $29.00 and an alligator purse

i see already that vulture in the fleetwood
with the shartruse hood
can see you’re trying to get your bearings
and you say hey which ways the main stem
and where ever you say you’re from
and he’ll come on and make you feel
like you grew up right next door to him
and you say take a left on central
and he throws it in reverse
cause you only got $29.00 and an alligator purse

and he’ll come on like a gentleman
and you’ll be a little shy
you say jour ex old man was a sax player
he’ll say baby i used to play bass for sly
and you say you like his cadillac, say honey i got 2 or 3
he’ll say sweetheart you’re sure fortunate
that you ran into me
when you’ve done a dime in the joint
you figure nothin could be worse
and you got $29.00 in an alligator purse

well he got pharaoh on the 8 track
you start smokin a little boo
you thinkin gettin out of chicago was the
best thing that ever happened to you
startin to like it already
this cat seems to be cool
and he says honey i know a good hotel out in west hollywood
that’d be just right for you
but he ain’t no good samaritan
he’ll make sure he’s reimbursed
lot more than $29.00 and an alligator purse

now the sirens just an epilog
the cops here always gel there too late
they always stop for coffee on the way to the scene of the crime
then they always try so hard to look just like movie stars
they couldn’t catch a cold
you only wasting your dime
and she’s lucky to be alive
the doctor whispered to the nurse
she only lost a 1/2 pint of blood
$29.00 and an alligator purse.


from Blue Valentine (Remastered), released March 9, 2018


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