Alice Austen

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ALICE AUSTEN
© Bob Wright

Alice Austen, Alice Austen
won’t you play me a tune
my ship’s in the harbor
I’m leaving here soon
So grab hold of Bessie
And tune up to C
And play me a tune
Before I have to leave

So they got out the Dobson and a parlor guitar
On the Clear Comfort porch
On a night filled with stars
The tugboats slipped quietly by in the dark
As Alice and Bessie got ready to star

Alice Austen, Alice Austen
won’t you play me a tune
my ship’s in the harbor
I’m leaving here soon
So grab hold of Bessie
And tune up to C
And play me a tune
Before I have to leave

theres a breeze through the Narrows
that’s gentle and fair
it lifts up the spirits and sweetens the air
Bessie strums rhythm
And Alice picks lead
On a warm summer’s night boys
That’s all that you need

Alice Austen, Alice Austen
won’t you play me a tune
my ship’s in the harbor
I’m leaving here soon
So grab hold of Bessie
And tune up to C
And play me a tune
Before I have to leave

there’s an old photograph
I display it with pride
Of Alice and Bessie
On the porch side by side
I can still hear that banjo
As it floats in the wind
And I feel like I’m back
On the front porch again

Alice Austen, Alice Austen
won’t you play me a tune
my ship’s in the harbor
I’m leaving here soon
So grab hold of Bessie
And tune up to C
And play me a tune
Before I have to leave

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from HARBORTOWN, released January 1, 2004

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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