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Welcome to America

from Stone by Stone by Tret Fure



A true story about my Italian grandparents


God knows when they met
But sometime during the war
A flame flared up quite quick
When he walked in her door
A fantasy unspoken
He was charged, she was sure
They walked right up to each other

They married soon I know
But when, I really can’t say
They’ve left us all and gone off
To another place
But they bore three gorgeous children
On the Adriatic Sea
They walked right up to each other
It was meant to be.

Oh those old memories
Oh those old days
All I have is a photo
And what little I’ve learned
From a lower class, a poorer life
And a mighty strong will
They made their way to America

Papa, he came first
And he forgot to go back
Nonon didn’t speak to him
She was so mad
Finally wrote, get home for us
Or don’t you bother to come
He got right back to the family
Afraid they was done


All alone in a world
They don’t know
In a neighborhood that hated them
For their differences
But they managed with each other
And grew strong despite the spite
Welcome to America

Papa died at 62
He had a bad heart
At 83
Nonon played her last card
From the photo, you would have thought
They were much older than their days
But that generation wore time
In a different way


from Stone by Stone, released November 3, 2020
Tret - vocals, guitar, mandolin
Mark Goldstein - bass
Janelle Burdell - drums
Charlie Pilzer - accordion


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Tret Fure Newport News, Virginia

Tret Fure began her career at 16, singing in coffeehouses in the Midwest. At 19 , she moved to LA and within a year was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”.  In 1973 she recorded her first solo album on MCA/UNI Records, with Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. 
Tret has released 16 acclaimed albums in her long career..
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