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Bug Town

from Highway Islands by Strangebyrds

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Written by Cari Minor
A true story about Trixie Lee, a young prostitute living in Boulder, Colorado in the late 1800's who was shot down by a jealous wife (Maude Hawkes) in 1894. Mary Maude Hawkes was found innocent despite having shot Trixie Lee five times. The judge ruled her a god fearing woman who was blameless for her fury. The Rapid Girls was the name given to the prostitutes and Madame Marie ran a brothel on Water Street which is now Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, CO.


Well I left ma and pa in the hills of Iowa.
And that old sod-cutting farm.
I packed a bag and walked the rails.
Down to the train.
I would have given up my right arm.

And I headed my way West to Boulder Town.
Where I first met Trixie Lee.
She said “Lottie you’re a pretty girl
And you could make some easy money,
Come and meet Madame Marie”.

Hi La Hi La Hi La Hi La Hi La Hi
Hi Li Hi Lee

And the Minor’s they came
With pockets full of gold some were young
And some were mean and old.
And Trixie Lee she took up
With Freddie Hawkes, a rich man
Whose wife ruled with an iron hand.

And here I am in Bug Town living in a bawdy house.
And I’ve never felt so alone.
With troubles so deep, I can’t remember my home, my home.

Well Maudy Hawkes got her revenge
When she found Trixie Lee and shot
Five rounds into her slight body.
And I left the Rapid Girls of Water Street
And no one ever saw the likes of me.


Me and Trixie Lee
Down on Water Street
God Bless Trixie Lee


from Highway Islands, track released November 1, 2021
Cari Minor: Vocals and Guitar.
Ray Smith: Vocal, Guitar, Toy Piano and Bass.


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