All The Pretty America

from by Nancy K Dillon

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...a chance comment placed on my MySpace page one day by a French musicale-comedie theatre producer yielded a phrase that would not let me be...I kept thinking how much prettier and more innocent America seemed when I was a girl

From "Roses Guide To Time Travel" CD
© Nancy K. Dillon 2010


All The Pretty America

All the Pretty America
Lies in ashes at my feet
All the Pretty America
Has up and gone to sleep
When will she wake?
Who knows the score?
How long does it take to learn that less
Might just be more?

All the Pretty America
Has packed her bags and fled
She's off to join the carnival
In England or France someone said
On wings of desire
She flies through the night
An artiste trapeze on the breeze she swings
Balanced just right

All the Pretty America dreams of you tonight
Please send her your brightest angels
To help her set things right
As she shapes a new dawn
The night falls away
Send all your bright hopes for the child
Of a tender new day

All the Pretty America needs our prayers today
For strength of heart and wonder
And a lamp to light her way
Then a healing shall come
Her bandages fall
Tender scars fade to the shade of a ghost
In spite of it all

All the Pretty America
Lies in ashes at my feet
All the Pretty America
Has up and gone to sleep
When will she wake?

© 2010 Nancy K. Dillon


from Roses Guide To Time Travel, released March 22, 2010
Nancy K Dillon ~ Vocals/Guitar
Gavin Sutherland ~ Harmonies
Danny Barnes ~ Banjo
Joel Bernstein ~ Concertina
Ian Lang ~ Triangle
John Nelson ~ Bass



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Nancy K Dillon Seattle, Washington

On her album, Roses Guide to Time Travel, Nancy K. Dillon maps the road West; the dusty highways that conjure up images like Kerouac's road trips, traveling dustbowl carnivals, and free-spirited 70s hipsters. Inspired by Oklahoma & Texas troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Kevin Welch, Dillon's songs are short stories about characters that populate true American life. ... more

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