Haley Wall

from by Ryan Fitzsimmons

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This was written for the songwriters series I hosted in Providence, the theme this night was "Running in Circles".

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Haley Wall will take you down,
Drag your ass through Chinatown
Spend all of your money and leave you flat
I first met her when I was a kid, not for long 'cause of what she did
But there aint no sense in re-hashing all that
Every now and then our paths would cross out in the dirt
She'd be leaning against some bar wearing some black mini-skirt
Her legs were just as long that day as they had ever been
I knew that there was no way I could win

Trash was piled on the sidewalks, the neon shined on the buss stop
In that part of town where Haley likes to play
I walked in and ordered two, not sure what else I could do
I knew that she'd be coming round my way
I could feel her presence before she even caught my eye
She slithered up beside and brushed my hand with her thigh

She said "hey there stranger, it's sure good seeing you again"
And I knew that there was no way I could win,

Haley spin my world around
Take all your lies and whisper them true
Your fire is burning in my eyes
Haley wall, I owe it all to you

Clothes were spread across the floor, private sign hung on the door
In a hotel down the street without a name
Names are no use in that light that hangs around that time of night
And the shadows on the wall look just looked the same
The memories were rolling just like fire through my blood
Haley took that desire and just dragged it through the mud
When the dirt of all our history was covering our skin
And I knew that there was no way I could win

Haley spin my world around
Take all your lies and whisper them true
Your fire is burning in my eyes
Haley wall, I owe it all to you

The hours dried with beads of sweat, burning like cheap cigarettes
The whiskey and the dope just numbed my head
We passed out sometime after dawn, when I woke up she was gone
I laid there tangled in that hotel bed
Now what happened next has never been so easy to recall
But it seems like I remember someone screaming in the hall
Next thing I knew a uniform in blue came busting in
And I knew that there was no way I could win

It seems had possession of some things I won’t mention
But honestly I don’t remember holding shit
But with Haley you never knew what she had or what she’d do
Or what she’d leave behind her when she split
The preacher says that there’s a price for every little sin
Now I’m here just paying with my mandatory five to ten
But I know when I get out I’ll look up Ms. Wall again
Because I know there’s no way I will ever win

Haley spin my world around
Take all your lies and whisper them true
Your fire is burning in my eyes
Haley wall, I owe it all to you
Oh now Haley Wall I owe it all to you
Haley wall I owe it all to you

credits

from Cold Sky, released September 24, 2011
Ryan Fitzsimmons - guitar and vocals
Dana Price - violin
Ian Goldstein - mandolin
Faisal Aswat - bass
Jim Larkin -drums

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Ryan Fitzsimmons Boston, Massachusetts

Aquarium Drunkard said: "His rhythmic folk songs are more of the hand-banging variety, his delivery marked with dark traces like the end of the night, and he plays with captivating confidence."

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