Joe Hurley & Colum McCann - Let The Great World Spin (I Am Of This Earth)

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Written by Joe Hurley/Colum McCann.
Inspired by McCann's novel 'Let The Great World Spin'
National Book Award Winner.

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LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN (I AM OF THIS EARTH)
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I sold my soul, my first day on the stroll
So i bought me a cake, to sugar up my ache
in the house that horse built

Skinniest dog I ever seen, was on the side of a greyhound bus
boys were pulling up my skirt, got my face-down in the dirt
Digging the house that horse built

Chalkdown at night, I'm the only girl who aint white
Legs two miles long, and they're popping to my song
in the house...the house that horse built

CHORUS:
Let the great world spin, Let me back in,
Let my heart swim away
from the house that horse built

I am of this earth, and I have worked,
its no great sin, I've been pure within
the House that horse built, the House that horse built

I had a little me, prettiest thing you ever did see
2000 daddies leave the Deegan at night
I sold her crib for a...... streetlight

Jazzlyn my girl, don't be part of this world
I'm gonna walk the bronx stroll til it swallows me whole
lock up the house that horse built

But she found the vein, the dope took all of her pain
At 14 on her knees between the cars she took the keys
to the house... the House that horse built

Chorus

Let the Great World Spin, Let me back in,
Let my heart swim away
from the house that horse built

Black eyes and soft silk, needles n pills,
they ease the chills, where's my baby's quilt
It's on a bed of pure filth
Back in the House that horse built

It's no less love if you're a hooker, it's no less love at all
Hey God, when you figure out why you took her
why you let me do this to her...

You better crawl back down, you better hit the ground
You better come uptown, in your holy white gown..
You better get on your knees, man i won't say please

Now throw off your cross, & I'll show you who's boss,

Just give..... sweet Tilly a call

credits

from The House That Horse Built (Let The Great World Spin), track released November 30, 2009
Music written & arranged-Joe Hurley. Lyrics Joe Hurley/Colum McCann.

Musicians:
Joe Hurley, James Mastro, Paddy Moloney, Matt Sweeney, Tony Shanahan, Ken Margolis, Tami Lynn, Antonique Smith, Dennis Diken, Joe McGinty, Megan Gould, Faith Hahn.
Produced by Don Fleming with Joe Hurley
Engineered Matt Azzarto
Mastered Warren Russel Smith

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Joe Hurley New York, New York

NYC."Best singer in R&R."
- Village Voice
Joe Hurley,
Johnny Depp, Keith Richards win 2 Audie Awards for 'Life'.
AudioBook w Neil Gaiman,CD w/ Colum McCann.
Heralded for the emotional delivery in his raspy baritone, & poetic lyrics.
"Joe Hurley is one of the City's deepest singers, both in his vocal range & in the level of his soulfulness-Mesmerizing"
THE NEW YORKER.
London-Irish. West Ham man.
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