Cousin Sally

from by Ro Halfhide



This is about my cousin Sally Halfhide, who one day came over to visit me. She lives in New York. We never met before. I showed her around town.
I wrote this song for the city of Amsterdam, to commemorate the changeover of one city-poet to another. Yes, weird Dutch stuff.


Doing the rounds with my cousin Sally
Walking up and down every alley
She came over for a few hours
To watch the town

We hang over the Red Light District
Like some vultures on unusual business
I told Sally in a few months
This won't be around

Time's movin' on
Time is moving on
And much too soon
She will be gone

Took a boat trip through the canal
Every place in English, made it sound like well
We had been defeated
In some long forgotten war

The Brewers and the Lords and the Emperors
Don't forget the seven bridges of the Regulars
I told Sally about Brooklyn
Why it's not so far


I looked at Sally's face
And I saw her in mine
We seem so out of place
We must have missed a traffic sign
I know that we come from the same Halfhide
So if you please hand me your lifeline
Hand me your lifeline

We got back to the RLD
Sally and Vincent, Elfine and me
Walking up the Seadike
To look for a place to eat

The burned chickens in the windows tell
We must be passing through the gates of hell
Or we must be in China because
I can't read the name of the street


When your heart is said
And your eyes are blue
Don't even wonder why
You think of the time when I met you

When your heart is said
And your eyes are blue
Don't even bother trying
To say good times will tell on you


from Louise, released October 24, 2011
Ro Halfhide: music, words, vocals, guitar
M-JO: bass, backing vocals, piano
Fabiana Dammers: backing vocals
Jason Bunn: viola


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Ro Halfhide Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dutch/Surinamese Ro Halfhide is a singer-songwriter and producer from Amsterdam who sings in the tradition of singers like Paul Simon, Ben Harper and crooners like Gene Kelley. He played in 2008 at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival. On stage he’ll be playing with a double bass player or solo. ... more

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