Movies Cost a Dime

by Brigid Kaelin

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SINGLE release from Brigid Kaelin featuring Steve Cooley


we didn’t know how bad we had it
momma never said
i had a ribbon in my hair
plenty of cornbread
we had everything but money
family, laughs, so she said
theatre cost too much
we watched the radio instead

back when movies cost a dime
but the radio was free
we had dancing marathons
and no one had TV
every saturday night right at 8:23
hey that was family
that was family

strangers at the table
dirty suits and appetites
everyone was welcome
no need for invites
we’re all in this together
no one’s better than the rest
smilin’, holdin hands
how could i know we were depressed?

we’d put on our sunday best
and gather round the dial
when the skies were clear
that old signal stretched for miles
news and songs and stories
we’d all sit and close our eyes
and the best show i ever saw
was theater of the mind


released April 5, 2019
Brigid Kaelin, Steve Cooley, Kelsey Lee


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A "plucky redhead," a "genre-defying vaudeville rocker," and an "amazing multi-instrumentalist," Brigid Kaelin is a full-on entertainer. You've read her blog, heard her on the BBC and on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion," seen her play accordion with Elvis Costello, and laughed and cried at her original alt-country cabaret songs. Maybe it's time to buy her albums? ... more

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