Little Detroit

from by John Vournakis

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lyrics

I used to live on Irwin Avenue
in a little bitty house painted baby blue.
I used to live on Irwin Avenue.

Then I moved down Washington Street
in a cardboard box - simple and discreet.
That's how I lived on Washington Street.

I wake up numb every morning
And I get stoned to feel alive.
What has happened to my life?

I wish my kids wanted to see me.
They'd be just what i need
to get back on my feet.

I wonder why, I wonder why
so many times, why did I do this?
Why did I do this to my life?

I thought I might go to California
so I bought a bus ticket and started waiting for it.
But the bus never came so I just stayed and stayed the same.

I thought I might go to Bangladesh,
find some false prophet like David Koresh.
I just wanted someone to say they say God in my eyes.

But, I'm a fucking mess.
I can't even go to sleep.
I don't know what's wrong with me.

I wish my mother were still alive.
She'd know just what to do
and how to get to me.

I wonder why, I wonder why
so many times, why, why did I do this?
Why did I do this to my life?

Well, I'm going back to Irwin Avenue,
get my little bitty house, paint it baby blue.
I'm going back, yes I'm going back
to Irwin Avenue.

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from The Devil You Know, released November 20, 2015

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John Vournakis Atlanta, Georgia

Born in Connecticut, raised in Georgia, and edified in Michigan, John Vournakis writes songs in the American tradition that wander toward a ground he can call his own.

With lyrics and melodies equal parts nostalgic and haunted, Vournakis questions what it means to be a good man in America today.
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