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Erica Rose (single)

by Jacqueline Cates Johnny Burgess

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About this track:

Erica Rose was the daughter of a friend of mine.  I came home from work one day in August 2013, and was told she had been murdered by her husband.  Erica Rose was a married women when I became friends with her mother, so I only came to know her through pictures, eulogies, and conversations with her friends and  relatives at her memorial.  I had lost my first son due to domestic violence. Images of his infant sized casket haunted me when I gazed upon Erica Rose laying in state while those around her mourned the loss of this beautiful loving young women.  This song is for Erica Rose and all victims of domestic violence.


I heard the news and was told
You were twenty six – murdered at home
Your husband took away your life
A woman silenced in the night
I heard you were generous and so kind
With a loving heart - curious mind
Like St. Francis you loved animals too
Dogs were your favorite – saved more than a few

But your husband took away your life
A woman silenced in the night

He tried to hide what he had done
Squeezed your neck til your breath was gone
He made believe it was suicide
From the rafters he hung you high
Pictures of you showed a life
A baby loved through years as a wife
You were beautiful with a spirit so bold
Who could not love you Erica Rose?

But your husband took away your life
A woman silenced in the night
I heard you were going to leave
Plans were made – you were ready to flee
He found someone to take your place
Couldn’t let you go – your life he erased

I did not know you but you touched my life
Beautiful women silenced in the night
Your life here has come to a close
We won’t forget you Erica Rose

Your husband took away your life
A woman silenced in the night


released September 27, 2014
Jacqueline Cates: Lyrics/vocals. Johnny Burgess: Music/Keyboards. Kenny Williams: Guitar.


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Jacqueline Cates Johnny Burgess Tacoma, Washington

From Tacoma WA, Jacqueline & Johnny have collaborated writing songs since 2009. Jacqueline, formerly a technical writer and trainer for Carlson Marketing Inc, began writing lyrics for Johnny's style of music.
Johnny enjoys
composing and arranging the music for Jackie's lyrics.
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