Rosalee

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Music and Lyrics written by Mackenzie Roark

Backing Vocals: Sarah Wilcox
Drums: Jack Burg
Bass: Ben Edwards
Fiddle: Coleman Sawyer
Ukelele: Mark Bryan
Engineered by Tank Productions
Producer: Mark Bryan and Chucktown Music Group

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She’s on the back porch smokin’
She’s slightly cracked, almost broken
She’s been a thinking and a hopin’
That her man might come along

Her hair’s all blonde and knotted
Her heart’s been poked and prodded
This house is dead and rotted
But she knows it wont be long

(Til he says)
Rosalee, wont you come with me?
You can make the richest man bend on a beggar's knee
I’ll pick you up babe, and I’ll lay you down
I wont let you drown
My Rosalee

Now she’s walking down the freeway
Always happens in the month of May
Another year has gone and nothin’s changed
But the cracks spread on her skin

She says, “I’m goin’ down to find my mother
Let her know I been thinkin’ of her
And maybe she’ll help me to discover
Why it is I’m shatterin’”

(And she’ll say)
Rosalee, wont you stay with me?
You can make the richest man bend on a beggar’s knee
I’ll pick you up babe, and I’ll lay you down
I wont let you drown
My Rosalee

Mother at the door, she says, “Whatcha doin’ here for?”
I don't know you anymore. Go on home.”
Lover at the door, he says, “I don't want you anymore
When I left you, I was sure you’da known.”

She’s on the back porch drinkin’
Just to keep herself from thinkin’
Bout the cracks that got her sinkin’
And the spaces that remain

“And I guess I don't need no one
To appreciate the things I’ve done
I’ve got me this loaded gun
And this bottle to call my name”

(And they’ll say)
Rosalee, won't you swallow me?
You can make the richest man bend on a beggar’s knee
Pick me up babe, and I’ll lay you down
I wont let you drown
My Rosalee

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from Mother Tongue, released November 17, 2016

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Mackenzie Roark Richmond, Virginia

Mackenzie Roark is a singer/songwriter from Richmond, VA. Influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, and Bob Dylan, among many others, Mackenzie is drawn to the type of music that makes you want to load your wife and kids in that old wagon and cruise down the interstate towards a simpler life. Her first EP, Mother Tongue, is available now. ... more

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