Little Orphan Frannie

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Music by Mark Marshall & Abby Ahmad
Lyrics by Abby Ahmad
Detour Music 2013 (ASCAP)


When I was just the age of four
Police they knocked upon my door
Told me that I couldn't stay

Tucked my past deep within
Hurried fast to start again
Packed my things and flew away

Landed in a new home
Free from the danger zone
Too young to understand the blow

As I grew, friends would ask me
All about my history
Why had I been taken away?

I'd learned to handle
The terms of the scandal
And this is what I'd always say:

Daddy liked to hop scotch
Beat me with his gold watch
And momma was a tic tac ho
Momma was a tic tac ho

Bless my adolescent soul
The damage starts to take its toll
I began to feel the heat

Couldn’t shake the memory
Of all the harm been done to me
Visions set upon repeat

Like, Daddy with the back-swing
My blood for the offering
And Momma was a tic tac ho

Ripe age of nineteen
Scene was an in-between
Summer when it turns to fall

It was down on Main Street
I was hit by a cold streak
Made the hairs on my neck stand tall

As my eyes panned
I caught the ghost of a man
Filled me with a sense of woe

The shadow approached me
I was shivering, weak-kneed
Facing this familiar foe

“Little Orphan Frannie!
The resemblance is uncanny!
It's been 15 years or so...”

Took one look upon his head
And I shot that fucker dead

I don't care if the whole world knows
Don't care if the whole world knows
Set me out those orange clothes
I don't care if the whole world knows
Don’t care if the whole world knows


from Introducing Fife & Drom, released March 18, 2014
Abby Ahmad - vocals, autoharp
Mark Marshall - electric guitars
Sean Dixon - drums
Adam Minkoff - bass
Jon Cowherd - piano
Jackson Kincheloe - harmonica



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Fife & Drom New York, New York

Fife & Drom is the collaborative endeavor of NYC-based musicians Abby Ahmad and Mark Marshall. Original songs inspired by the works of blues pioneers Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Son House and beyond.

Their music aims to revisit the cultural impact of these revolutionary sounds with a statement that is visceral and true to form.

Something old, new, borrowed...something Blues.
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