Sally's Song

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I came here skinny, patchy, and scrappy
With burrs and spider webs caught in my fur
I came here half-starved, freezing, and tired
Meowing my desperation at your door

You gave me canned tuna and I was grateful
You made me a bed in the back of the barn
And after some time you found me beautiful
You started to think that we could get along

That I’d come when you called
That strange sounding new name that’s not mine
That I’d sit in your lap or I’d sleep
Curled cozy and content at
The foot of your bed

But I’ve been handed down
Passed on like a present no one really wants to keep
So I’ve already learned
Not to trust the hand that feeds me

Now we’ve been spending so much time together
And I happily let you touch me sometimes
But you still can’t believe I startle so easy
Still can’t believe I won’t come any closer

I’ve been kicked, I’ve been caged
So I bolt at the first sound of stomping
Or the touch of two hands. I retreat
To a low, dark place with strong walls
And no easy way in

I may close my eyes and purr now
I may squirm with pleasure when you touch my cheek
But I’ve already learned
Not to trust the hand that loves me

So I keep my claws out
And I sharpen my teeth
But most importantly, I keep my legs strong
So I’m always ready to leave

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from Night Bird Singing, released December 14, 2018
Written by Pippa Hoover.

Pippa Hoover - lead vocals, cello
Joseph Terrell - guitar
James Wallace - drums, piano, organ
Alex Bingham - bass

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jerry Brown at Rubber Room Recording Studio in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Pippa Hoover Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Pippa Hoover is a Chapel Hill-based singer-songwriter and cellist with sharp lyrics and soulful sound. Her songs are introspective, off-beat, and express a deep love for the natural world. Her sound features catchy melodies, classical-inspired cello solos, and hints of country, 60’s girl band pop, and R&B. ... more

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