What's the Matter With You?

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Dedicated to Ashley Smith, who died in an Ontario jail while guards watched

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What’s the Matter With You?

She had cheeks like a rose, but everybody knows
That Sonia was a wild child
Sonia was a wild child
So her transgressions were compiled

She had to make amends, cause when she hugged her friends
She didn’t want to let ‘em go
She didn’t want to let ‘em go
Until her mama told her no

Now look at Richard, he’s the perfect little picture
Of the way a child ought to be
He’s the way a child ought to be
And he doesn’t make trouble for me

O Sonia, Sonia can’t you see
You got to learn to act decently
Or they’re never gonna set you free
& Sonia, why do you do these things to yourself?
Why can’t you act like everybody else?
What’s the matter with you?

So Sonia was cool until she saw him after school
Then she threw Richard in the bay
She threw Richard in the bay
Then Sonia had to go away

The judge said “I understand she’s completely out of hand
So we’ve got to do what we should
We’ve got to do what we should
She’s a danger to the public good”

Then Sonia was in juve, but she made an angry move
So they put her in a padded cell
They put her in a padded cell
It was a tiny perfect hell

CHORUS

& everybody said, when they found her dead
That Sonia was a wild child
Sonia was a wild child
So her transgressions were compiled

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from Through the Mirror, released April 24, 2016

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Illiteratty Vancouver, British Columbia

“Earle Peach and Illiteratty perform original and innovative tunes which draw inspiration from world music, folk, and jazz. Listening to this group reminds me why I wanted to become a musician, and why I’m still proud to call myself one. Folks, it just doesn’t get any better than this.”

John Lyon, host of Deep Cove Coffee House
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