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from Safflower by Alex Riggen

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Annie came back from New Zealand
With her train ticket and pock marked hand
Sang me a song with her lover's band
A chorus, a verse and away she ran

Annie drove by in her truck
Dogs in the back and Uncle Chuck
No good people with rotten luck
Hunting rabbits and ten point buck

Annie got married last July
A one armed man who lost his eye
A battle of wits, courage and wry
In the end, he'll watch the sky

Annie doesn't know why she came
To her this place is all the same
From floor to sky to car and train
Turn signal, changing lanes

Annie grew up in Bakerstown
Graduated late in a dark blue gown
Wrapped it up and threw it around
Watched it sink beneath the ground

Annie bakes a gooseberry pie
She eats it up and loves to try
Balancing her fork on her thigh
Poking her flesh, hear a cry

Annie told me a secret now
About the farmer's most trusted cow
It's down on the highway, outside of town
Kicking its legs, upside down

Annie read online that I wrote this song
Called me up, but didn't take long
To ask about where it all went wrong
I said "don't know. what's done is done"

Ann-ie, what's the fee?, why don't you read this book for me?
Ann-ie, can you please, read it slow and carefully.


from Safflower, released September 20, 2015


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Alex Riggen Illinois

Alex Riggen has been writing and recording music since he was a wee lad. His first band, Ygro Wok, was formed in 1999 and since then, he's been a member of the alternative rock band, Far From Words, and the post-metal band, Murnau. Rabbit's release in 2012 marked his first foray into the solo musician world and coincidentally was his first album with a rabbit on the cover. ... more

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