The Devil You Know

from by John Vournakis

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lyrics

I said “Momma, you don’t know where I have been.
It will only break your heart to hear it all.”
So I’ll spare you all of the sordid, tawdry details,
suffice to say it’s time that I move on.

Oh, my lord, it must be hot there in the heavens
while you wait on all of us to come back home,
but I won’t be there. I’ll be on my own.

I never strayed from you without my good reason,
I put a thousand rounds between your barren thighs.
You let me down all of the time, so don’t even
try to pretend that this should all be pinned on me.
I’ll drink that sadness in our dusking time crescendo,
thinking “the devil you know is better than one you don’t.”

Some sweet bird must be drowning in my freedom,
In the black heat that still boils those old bones
that God left here when he left us alone.

If I walked down the aisle in my suit
and my shiny leather shoes,
I would lie to myself (oh how I’d lie)
if I tried then, to take you.

I don’t love you like I used to.
I don’t love you,
I don’t want you,
I’m through.

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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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