The characters that inhabit these lyrics are all fictional, from the elderly woman looking back on her life in Disappearing Act and the prostitute in Truckstop Angel to the teenager dealing with the confusion of her first crush in The Boy From Rye and the little girl that finally snaps and takes a stand against her abusive father in the haunting Wichita. But their stories ring so true and dig so deep that they ultimately bring solace and redemption to us listeners. And what more can you hope to accomplish as a songwriter than that? Dancing With The Beast is a masterpiece.
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