Courtney Leigh Heins

Courtney Leigh Heins

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Folk - Country | Los Angeles, California, United States
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Member Since: 2003
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Song Description

Story of the Black Dahlia murder case in 1947 Los Angeles. A young girl comes to Hollywood looking for fame and ends up dead. The case remains unsolved. Told from her point of view.

Story Behind the Song

Elizabeth Short (the Black Dahlia) is murdered at the age of 22 in Los Angeles, 1947. Her body is found cut in half at the waist in an empty lot near downtown LA. Hundreds of people claimed to have killed her, as they sought after the one thing she wanted, and finally got...fame.

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Lyrics

THE BLACK DAHLIA (Song for Betty)
Courtney Leigh Heins

Hello, I know
Much more now than many years ago
The only time you really need to watch your back
Is when things are good and slow

Traded in my East Coast wind for Mulholland Drive
But the people out here, they just feed off your fear
They want to take you for a ride

And stay away from that Highway 101
She?s as evil as can be
Some got this town all figured out
Just ask any ghost you see

?Cause if you stay here long enough
Someone?s bound to notice
And if you bury your heart next to Marilyn
You might one day too get roses

Hello, where have you been
Heard you got yourself a wife
I?ve been layin? bricks for some government kin
Said I could build me quite a life

See when I was little they told me that I could be anything
As long as I stuck by it
But what they don?t say is that they?ll hunt you down
If you?re bold enough to try it

Hello, are you still there
Got to admit I?m a little scared
We ran out of conversation
Then he ran out on me
And left his pocket watch with a hotel key

So I painted on a smile and waited for awhile
At a down and out canteen
Well he showed up at the bar lookin? just like a movie star
Who just stepped off the silver screen

He said hello, I didn?t mean to go
Let me take you for a ride
?Cause I wanna make sure that a pretty girl like you
Don?t ever leave my side

Then he took me downtown an? drove us all around
Then he showed me up the stairs
I said take me home please, I don?t wanna go please
He said honey, say your prayers

But I know one day, I?m gonna make front page
And everyone will know my face
From the Boulevard to Scotland Yard
They?ll all be whispering my name

She was wearing all black
Disappeared and never came back
She?d never live to see her fame

Hello, it?s me you know
How can everyone see through me
I saw your name when the newspaper came
Thought you said you knew me

Hello?
Hello?
Hello?

Song Length
6:29
Genres
Folk - Alternative, Country - Alternative
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Moods
Poignant, Cool

Subject Matter
Stardom, Famous People


Language
English

Lyric Credits Courtney Leigh Heins
Music Credits Courtney Leigh Heins & Bryan Dobbs
Producer Credits Bryan Dobbs
Publisher Credits N/A
Performance Credits Courtney Leigh Heins & Bryan Dobbs
Label Credits N/A