The Cat That Can Be Alone

from The New Wrong Way by Rebecca Turner

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About this track:
I was super-inspired by jazz singer Anita O'Day's autobiography, so I wrote a musical version of it!

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Lyrics:
I was born in Kansas City. You could easily have missed me in among the walkathon girls. My mother was a slippery slope, my father was a broken rope, and jazz was my whole wide world. A little bit scared and the lights all shining,
I stood on the stage and something winding down from heaven pulled me up.
I had to work hard to keep up. And the cat that can be alone is one up on the cat that can’t. Yes, you can make it on your own, just learn to hold your own hand.

Fell in love a couple times. I felt it deeply in my mind, but I always came out scratching my head. A million times I almost bought it. Spent some time inside my closet, pulling hair and pulling threads. Out of control in the West Village; keeping it cool under lock and key. I kept improvising hard. When I was hooked, I still was free. Because the cat that can be alone Is one up on the cat that can’t. Yes, you can make it on your own, just learn to hold your own hand.

Well, if you look at a few of my pictures, they do say my heart is with him. But look at the rest of the pictures: I’m looking away, or within. And in the most beautiful hat I sailed forth on a summer’s day. And I’m still living on the wings of that summer, in a beautiful way. And no, you don’t need a man, you just need a band to play

credits

from The New Wrong Way, released November 6, 2019
Track credits:
Drums, percussion: Sim Cain
Bass: Scott Anthony
Electric, acoustic guitars: Rich Feridun

Written by:
Rebecca Turner

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Rebecca Turner New Jersey

Rebecca Turner is a country-folk-rock singer-songwriter formerly of NYC and LA, now residing in Maplewood, NJ. First influenced by 70s FM radio and 80s-era record stores, her musical allegiances have ranged over the years from Emmylou Harris to Liz Phair, from Doris Day to Tom Petty, from Goldfrapp to the Go-Gos. rebeccamo34@gmail.com ... more

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