Rita

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A song about healing someone into self-acceptance. You’re saving someone who doesn’t want to be saved and falling in love in the process. There’s a lifecycle of a relationship in the chorus: first, your “arms full of daffodils” (flirting), then your “teeth full of roses” (seduction), and finally your “bags full of groceries” (dating). “Rita” is the only song on the album with a reference to my own guitar-playing abilities.

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It was a maritime morning, I had four missed calls
so I ran to her window and broke her fall.
She said, “I’m sorry for trying a couple dozen of times,
but I did it for the story - you know an actress never dies”

Standing next to Rita wearing nothing but a beater
and my arms are full of daffodils - I’m going for the kill
I said “you know I’m not a player, I can hardly play guitar,
but all the other girls were stand-ins, and babe, you got the part”

She said her character’s British as she was making a pie
Then she took off her leggings and showed me the lines (woo!)

Standing next to Rita wearing nothing but a beater
and my teeth are full of roses - I’m going for the kill
I said “you know I’m not a player, I can hardly play guitar,
but all the other girls were stand-ins, and babe, you got the part”

I haven’t spoken to Rita ever since that night
but if you see her on TV, tell her she did alright
cause I know that she means it, every last of her lines.
Just like falling out a window, you know an actress never lies.

Standing next to Rita wearing nothing but a beater
and my bags are full of groceries - I’m going for the kill
I said “you know I’m not a player, I can hardly play guitar,
but all the other girls were stand-ins, and babe, you got the part".

credits

from Red Horses, released September 23, 2016

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Bring Prudence is the project of singer-songwriter & producer Oleh Zaychenko.

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