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Good For You

by Dessa

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released May 5, 2019

Lyrics and Vocals by Dessa
Produced by Saam Hagshenas
Additional production by Andy Thompson and Lazerbeak

Recorded by Andy Thompson at Instrument Landing
Mixed by Joe Mabbott at The Hideaway
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Microphonic Mastering
Design by Andy Lund
Photo by Bill Phelps


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Dessa Minneapolis

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice. Member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast. ... more

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Track Name: Good For You
I think I could be good for you
I think you’re overlooking your best move
I think I could be good for you
Somewhere beneath the surface you do too.

My lipstick on a candy cigarette
bored backstage in Boston
if you say so, it’s only innocent
But I can feel that you’re watching.
Cause sometimes when it’s late
you get careless
the bourbon gives you away
and the veil lifts.
I don’t bring this up lightly
don’t you think that I might be
someone you can’t forget?
But if you don’t think that there’s lightning
at the end of the kite string
I don’t need another friend.


Bar close night’s over, but I guess they still let you smoke here
you should go home now with the rest, but your coat’s on my shoulders.
No one gets to take both roads;
you solve for exes and unknowns
decide what to keep and who to release
I’m here with fog in my locket
your name in my teeth.
Patience is no virtue
for saints out after curfew
we should chance it, I can’t stand inertia
won’t get parachute rehearsals—
fall for me.
Tell me it’s not what you wanted,


Aren’t you tired of the upper hand
don’t you want a girl to make you try a little now and then
I’m the one who’s talking to you now
don’t you want to find out
if you could win a bigger bet
I know I’m one of a hundred you could call like it’s nothing
but not every dime can play dozens
that’s gotta say something—
not every match gets met.


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