from BALM IN GILEAD

Wild Girl

  • written by Rickie Lee Jones


    Wild girl, you must have been a terror
    When you were young
    Your mamma must have let you run,
    Let you run free...
    But it wasn’t very nice
    Eating all that sugar and spice –
    What they want a girl to be
    And all the things a child learns
    On their way from hope to here,
    The innocence, the fury, the racism
    Rage and fear
    I don’t remember – tell me again –
    The part no one wants to hear...

    Well, that’s so many peoples story,
    A lot of heartache but not much glory,
    But glory, the truth be told
    Tomorrow you are twenty–one years old

    I say Happy Birthday tomorrow to you,
    Go out and get some glory,
    The only game in town.

    You can live your life with regret
    About the things you think you did wrong,
    (A lot of people do)
    Or over what some one would not give,
    Or you can be grateful
    When you open your eyes,
    The story you write, you live

    Well it’s hard to be older and poor
    I don’t dig it that much anymore,
    But every day of my life
    I’m so proud I became his wife
    Because I got to raise Charlotte
    And Charlotte’s learning
    The only game in town
    Wild girl in a red dress
    Come on, speak up, say yes
    This thing that makes you beautiful
    Never comes out of a jar
    You are a beautiful girl
    Because you reach out
    from your beautiful world,
    That is the daughter you are

    Walk right and the real world knows it
    Cuz you bring it back down into the real world
    Walk right up the real world knows it
    You’ll bring it back down into the real world
    Say take me back baby
    I just wanna make a dream come true –
    I came here to love somebody –
    I just want to make my dreams come true...

    And I’m trying
    Because trying is
    The only game,
    Live to tell the tale –
    The only game in town


length: 4:47 minutes

Rickie Lee Jones: Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Drums, Finger Snaps
Sebastian Steinberg: Bass
Tom Evans: Saxophone, Flute
Brian Swartz: Trumpet
Horns Arranged by Rickie Lee Jones

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