Pre​-​Code Blues

from by Malachi Graham

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lyrics

Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
Won’t you kiss me for the world to see?
Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
I won’t let dirty Willie Hays get the best of me.

And I’ll be your leading lady
If you’ll be my pretty baby

Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
They call it lewd which I just can’t believe
Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
Those silver screens with tongues as thick as thieves!

Live in sin, and living free
If you’re lucky I’ll hike my dress up to my knees

Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
And I’ll be punished but the crime is worth the fee
If you’ll just kiss me like a pre-code movie
Don’t try to save me from myself— I’ll fly this plane into the sea!

And the complicated heroine
She’s in short supply again

Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
I’m so damn tired of modesty.
But they’re scared of what I’ll do with sex and power
So they wrote the rules to stop the girls like me
So they wrote the rules to stop the girls like me
But the rules’ll never stop a girl like me.

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from Selfish, released April 10, 2015

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Malachi Graham Portland, Oregon

Malachi Graham channels her Portland matriarchy in lush, intimate Americana inspired by family lore and complicated women.

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