Helen More

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Told from the perspective of 20th century murderess Helen More, this song follows the dark turn of events that culminated in her killing of famous jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan in the 1960s.

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(slow intro)
I shot my baby down in a cold, cold rage
Three bullets in his chest as he left the stage
I loved my baby but I had to let him go
I watched him lift his trumpet to the microphone
My shoulder's stiffened and my eyes they filled with tears
Woah, is there nothing left for me?

Met at the Black Shoe, it was 1962
It was so cold he couldn't even play the blues
I guess his trumpet was at the pawn shop down the street
I took him in and got him on his feet
He started groovin, kicked heroin and played some shows
I kept him fed and warm and satisfied
He played so sweetly, a simple melody for me
And when he played you know my heart was beating

Chorus
I shot my baby down in a cold cold rage
Three bullets in his chest as he left the stage
I loved my baby but I had to let him go
Woah, is there nothing left for me

He was a junkie, I helped him get clean and get free
All of his jazz friends said I saved him from death
But other ladies started to take the place of me
That's when I lost my shit and grabbed my pistol
Bathed in blue light, I saw him playing on the stage
His trumpet blaring and his heart was beating
That's when I heard it, the melody he had for me
I looked across the room, he was playing it for her
So...

Chorus

Slow Interlude
I saw my sweetheart as he lay there on the stage
He was so helpless I forgot all my rage
I kissed my baby for the last time there that night
His blood was on my lips and stayed there all my life
My heart is weary and my eyes are filled with tears
Woah, is there nothing left for me?

Chorus

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from Red Eye Ruby, track released January 21, 2017

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