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I haven’t met a locked door yet
that I couldn’t beat
On a chain around my neck
I keep my skeleton key

Don’t waste your worry on me
I always find what I need
Come and go as I please
I’ve got my skeleton key

By now it’s just a simple trick, not much to see
You hear the tumblers catch and click, then turn the key
But I’ve found work and welcome everywhere I’ve been
cause everyone’s got someplace
they wanna be let in


Along the way
the old men call me by mother’s name
she looked just the same they say
The children wave
or hide behind their mothers’ skirts afraid
strangers here still seem strange
They hear the accent
know I’m from nowhere near
but I speak the language
and I know the customs here
I come from over the horizon
pass through every dozen years
Go home, tell of my arrival
The skeleton key’s here


I’ve got my
my skeleton
my skeleton key
I’ve got my, got my, got my
My skeleton
My skeleton key, yeah


Don’t you go
waste all your
worry on me
cause I’ll make
my way with
my skeleton key


from Parts of Speech, released June 25, 2013
Production by Lazerbeak, vocals by Dessa
Published by Lorem Ipsum (ASCAP) and Legend Recognize Legend (ASCAP)



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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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