San Francisco Tango

by Katy Stephan

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San Francisco
why won't you leave me alone
I know it's you who keeps on calling me
and then hanging up the phone

San Francisco
you are the tattoo on my eyes
I can't believe a single silky word
of your elaborate lies

your patron saint
talked to the birds
he was a crazy homeless hippie without a dime
I tried to leave
I tried to leave a hundred times
but when I feel your sweaty hand against my spine
when I taste your whiskey lips so close to mine
I have to
I have to dance

San Francisco
you got me right under your thumb
I've been waiting with a handful of change
but that sweet streetcar never comes

San Francisco
they just can't keep us apart
but you left a bruise on my ambition
just down the street from where I left my heart

with your tall ceilings and your small town sex
your salty tongue straightening my curls
on a styrofoam cup corner strewn with clove cigarettes
but when I feel your sweaty hand against my spine
when I taste your whiskey lips so close to mine
I have to
I have to dance

San Francisco
you're my incestuous past
two few players to fill all the roles
so some parts are double cast

San Francisco
the same names stay on your marquee
why go to L.A. to sell your soul
when you can give it away for free

Your patron saint
didn't care for girls
he found God in an ad in the back page of the Bay Times
The only thing colder than your summer
is my landlord's smile
but when I feel your sweaty hand against my spine
when I taste your whiskey lips so close to mine
I have to
I have to dance

San Francisco

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released November 2, 2015
piano and voice: katy stephan
recorded by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound, Oakland

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