Rudy lives next door to me in a box lit by fluorescent lights he wears brown corduroys and glasses with dirty yellow lenses and sometimes I catch him watching me through my windows at night he drives a rusty Oldsmobile and parks it by the dumpster I've looked inside and seen the greasy velvet seats I don't know where he goes or who he knows who would get in that car and drive with him along these dark and lonely city streets now the only things I know about Rudy is what I learn from watching him like once when he was pushing a girl on a swing at the park in the day it's ok because other people might be watching Rudy too but it scares me to think of seeing him in the dark it scares me to think of seeing him in the dark now he wouldn't say a word he'd just take my hand and lead me to that car and we'd drive into the heart of the city as she sleeps and in the darkness between streetlights he can look up and see a few stars with a wish he could tell me all his secrets with a wish he could tell me all his secrets just a wish and he tells me all his secrets


4 track cassette recording made in Chicago, Illinois, 1996.
Originally appeared on Fuel Compilation, 1997


released January 1, 1997


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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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