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Coffee Shop Girl

from Americana by LILLI LEWIS @folkrockdiva

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    Lilli Lewis' third recording with iconic indie producer Mark Bingham "Americana" on compact disc in a 6 panel digipack with lyrics

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I remember when I was a kid, it seemed there were a lot of stories on the news about how small children were discovering their parents’ guns and accidentally shooting themselves. As a result, it was common knowledge that guns were dangerous, especially among mothers… So when I found myself surrounded by the women in my life sharing brazen stories about their guns, I found it...well...disorienting. So I started chronicling some of those stories in verses about guns. The story that landed the hardest was the day I was at the coffee shop with my wife (who incidentally got her coffee there every day), and discovered anti-same-sex marriage literature out on a display table. I asked to speak to the owner, and the woman at the counter said she had been the one to display the literature. She eventually said she really didn’t believe the government should have any say in marriage at all, and that the only federal law she cared about was the second amendment. When I reminded her that without certain federal laws, I wouldn’t be permitted to be talking to her, her response was “Exactly,” thus ending the exchange.


There’s a lady I met at a party one night
She’d come over from old mother England
Just a beast in the air with her fancy a-flight
And her ship was just now coming in
You could tell by the light in her eyes this was no make believe
That she measures her prize by the weight of the gun up her sleeve
A hand cocked to one side as she steadied her pride
and the kick back enlivened in her bones
Now the stained little girl has a woman made world of her own

Well I have this good friend whose beginning again
She has never lived on her own
I can see how she feels, it’s a pretty big deal
When the night comes to find you alone
Well I guess it’s the weight of the world she must hold in her hands
A cold chamber echoes “honey, you know you’ve left a good man”
But the bullet inside means she no longer hides
From those real or imagined demands
‘Cause it’s her story now and she moves as the journey commands

Oh the coffee shop girl with her warm chestnut eyes
She has nothing against integration
But the fact of the matter is how it was done
Went against the known will of her nation
See there’s only one law of the land worth keeping around
And that law puts a gun in her hand as she’s standing her ground
And whatever the cost or the lives that are lost
She believes it’s her right to defend
So those brown eyes turn cold as she wipes down the counter again


from Americana, released October 29, 2021
Wade Hymel - Drums
Lilli Lewis - Piano
Kenny Murphy - Bass


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LILLI LEWIS @folkrockdiva New Orleans, Louisiana

Lilli Lewis bears a progressive, provocative, and conscientious presence paired with a love for music that began before she composed her first song on the piano at age three, Lewis is a modern day Renaissance woman, who, when in full gear, conjures the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Odetta, and Janis Joplin. ... more

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