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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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This song was first demo’d in 2017 when we were auditioning songs for what I thought was going to end up being a full band album. Instead, 9 of those demos became my 2018 solo piano release The Henderson Sessions. It makes a return here to make the music point that Americana means something different in Austin than it might mean in Atlanta. The song is about a kid who played soccer on a team of refugees in Clarkston, Georgia. Those kids were a part of a community of refugees who had come from all over North Africa. They didn’t know each other’s names, and they played barefoot in the streets. At the time, I had a weekly residency at an ice cream shop where the owner, Luma Mufleh, was a queer refugee from Jordan herself. She’d seen the kids playing in the streets, barefoot like at home, and she wound up becoming their coach and later starting a school specifically for them. Luma often told the story of how one of the kids did have one shoe that he would bring to practice...that since it was a left foot shoe it made his left foot game stronger than some of the other players, making him an attractive get for the team...and of course since they didn’t know each other’s names they just referred to him as “One Shoe.” I use that story to remind myself to bring whatever I’ve got to the table, no matter what I think I might be missing.

lyrics

I crossed the ocean to this land
Carrying eyes just like a man
So alone, holding on to my mother’s hand

But I held a weapon at my side
It held a promise and my pride
It wasn’t much, just enough to help me make my stand

I knew too well what I couldn’t tell I’d have to show
So it became the only name I’d come to know

See, what you carry in your bag
Could be so much more than others have
Even if it’s just one shoe
No, you may not have a lot,
So you better give what ya got
You only need one shoe

Instrumental

I knew too well what I couldn’t tell I’d have to show
So it became the only name I’d come to know

Whatever you carry in your bag
Could be so much more than others have
Even if it’s just one shoe
No, you may not have a lot,
So you better give what ya got
You only need one shoe

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from Americana, released October 29, 2021
Wade Hymel - Drums
Kenny Murphy - Bass
Josh Paxton - Rhodes, Organ

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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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