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Free Parking (Nevada USA, Germany)

from LOVE OR FREEDOM - songs around the world by Diana Rosalind

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I don't often write "storytelling" type lyrics so this was kind of a departure for me. I do sometimes write stories though, so maybe this is the start of bringing the two together more. Rainer's playing is so perfect here. He exactly captured the "honky tonk" sound I was going for with the contrast between the jaunty accompaniment and the bittersweet lyrical content, giving the song just the right vibe.


we get free plays on the jukebox
on a slow day at the bordello
and vanity gets the hula hoop
slides it ‘round her hips,
wearin’ a silky kimono
and then we get bombed
on dom perignon
puff a blunt out on the back patio
do a little ‘ho’ hoodoo
to bring the dudes in
heard a parkin’ convention
or a rodeo’s in town

her house name is primadonna
and her ex is an executioner
when he gets called to quentin
she tells the kids
come on, we’re goin’ to california!
and they meet at a place in alameda
free parking cold beer hot tacos...
...drunken yellin’

how can ya do
that thing you do?
oh yeah,
well what about you?
and hey
at least i never have to borrow

free parking
dont forget to
validate your ticket
or they will make you pay
when you wanna exit
free parking
dont forget to
validate your ticket
or you’re gonna have to pay
when you wanna exit

niko’s half lakota nation
raised on the reservation
her “ina” worked in a casino
callin’ numbers
in high-stakes keno
saw her play 21 this one time
we ditched a shift
and took a limo to reno
she was like a force on fire
slappin’ down cards sayin’
hit me baby!
when she had 17
hard act to follow

free parking .....(chorus)

oh the workin’ girls yeah we know
it aint about the libido but
the life in the parlour
it’s a secret world
when it’s nothin’ but the jukebox
drinks all around
and us girls

arabia is tellin’ her story
in her pink boudouir
before the parlour gets busy
started out square
but now she’s the ruler of the line-up
old school legendary
once had a trick when a fire broke out
told the ‘fighters

hey hold up i aint ready
just lemme have a minute here
to get his credit card
authenticate it
otherwise it’s all for nothin’
and i might feel
the sorrow

free parking .....(chorus)


from LOVE OR FREEDOM - songs around the world, released November 2, 2014
Rainer Grantzin, piano and recording engineering, Karlsruhe, Germany


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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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