Hobo Doreen

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lyrics

Hobo Doreen, my panhandling queen
She was the prettiest bag lady I´d ever seen
She´s a wine-chuggin´, whisky-bottle-huggin´
Diamond of this rough scene
She´s always wandering round bringing men to the ground
With a bat of her eyes and an “I´ve got no place to stay tonight”
She´s too brittle to break
She´s too little to shake
She´s a bit of a rake
But she´s the belle of the motel

Hobo Doreen, she don´t say what she means
But she means as she does and she does as she pleases
She´s a pain in your ascot
And a rat in your haute cuisine (don´t you know better)
With her eyes so forlorn
She´s too cute to be borne
You can only adore and adorn her

Doreen, Doreen
Oh she struts just like a movie queen
Doreen, Doreen
Oh she´ll flash that ivory to cash that green
Doreen, Doreen, Doreen, Doreen
Don´t let her in your limousine

Hobo Doreen, she ain´t fresh, she ain´t clean
But her eau de pheromone will have you moanin´ like strychnine
She´s a traffic-stoppin´, boxer-short-droppin´ sweet piece of seventeen
She´s always messin´ around, bringing uptown downtown
First you´re up, then you´re down til your stuff is nowhere to be found
And you´re flat on the floor as she flits out the door
But you know she´s much more than a whore

She´s a tiger, she´s a mouse
She´ll eat everything in your house
She´s your joy, she´s your grief
Got the eyes of a saint and the paws of a thief
She´s your heaven, she´s your hell
But she´ll drain you down to your wishing well
She´s your princess, your muse
But she´ll blow out your fuse
She´s your fire, she´s your ice
But it comes at a price
And I´m talking Bergdorf´s, not Filene´s

Cause she´s Doreen, Doreen
Oh she fucks just like another kinda movie queen
Doreen, Doreen
Hide your watch, your wedding ring, and your Vicadin
Doreen, Doreen, Doreen, Doreen
Don´t let her in your limousine
Don´t let her in your limousine

You can run, you can hide
You can beg, you can cry
You can call the authorities
But you´ll always go home with Doreen

credits

from Creature Comforts, released May 5, 2017
Performed by:
Meaghan Burke - cello and vocals
Zeke Healy - resonator guitar
Andreas Humpel - sousaphone
Simon Usaty - vocals

cello, guitar, vocals recorded by Shahzad Ismaily at Figure 8 Studios, Brooklyn
sousaphone, vocals recorded by Oliver Brunbauer at Feedback Studios 2, Vienna
mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert, Vienna

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Meaghan Burke New York, New York

Release show 5/11 at Joe's Pub, 9:30pm!

Meaghan Burke is a Brooklyn-based cellist, singer, and songwriter of many hats. She enjoys channeling the spirits of Kurt Cobain, Billie Holiday, and Gustav Mahler in her chamber-grunge-chansons. ... more

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