Sister Mary Catherine, Rock​-​and​-​Roll Nun

from by Erick Rudiak

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There's a new girl in town
She's been walking around
Turning heads up and down Ellison Street

See her in all the smoky bars
Singing songs by The Cars and Jefferson Starship

She strums her Strat like Hendrix
But she prays a lot like Martin Luther

I tried to talk to her but there's an anchor
On my tongue, I can't break through her
Excommunication barrier
What's a boy like me going to do with a woman like that?
A woman like that
Sister Mary Catherine, Rock and Roll nun

Every week I confess I'm still trying to guess
What she looks like underneath her
Ankle-length monastic dress,
I'd like to break her of her habit

Take her out to an R-rated movie
Figure out all the words that make her blush

This is no ordinary schoolboy crush
This is a yearning measured in truly biblical proportions
What's a boy like me going to do with a woman like that?
A woman like that
Sister Mary Catherine, Rock-and-roll nun

She keeps her little black book filled with all the
Names and numbers of the men she's always worshipped
She says she loves a man, but he's a god inside my eyes,
I know inside her heart, there's room for more

There's a new girl in town
She's been walking around
Turning heads up and down Ellison Street

There's a bow in her auburn hair,
There's a chill in the autumn air as she
Sashays on by like the pavement's a runway
There's fire and brimstone in her eyes

She's on her knees, trying to save my wretched soul
I'm on her trail, I'm hiding beneath her cloistered bedroom window
What's a boy like me going to do with a woman like that?
A woman like that
Sister Mary Catherine, Rock-and-roll nun

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from Good In Bed, released November 27, 2016

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Less country than Robbie Fulks, less rock-and-roll than Steve Poltz, less uninhibited than Rhett Miller, less political than Billy Bragg, less fastidious than Josh Ritter... something for every clever song lover!

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