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Check Engine Light

by The Belle Curves

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not based on a true story. it is a true story.


My check engine light was on
When I reached the Rio Grande
We hadn't been gone long
But I wished I had a van
I sure wished I had a van

My little Pontiac gets me
To where I need to go
Point A to point B
Like New York to El Paso
New York to El Paso

We left North Caroline
Thinkin we were in the clear
But that little orange light
Followed us down here
Yeah it followed us down

Oh I never saw a bigger sky
And I never stopped asking why

Cause we saw New Orleans
And we saw the End of the World
But out in Joshua Tree
It was all Instagram girls
Man, it was just Instagram girls

We drove from coast to coast
Saw our country critically
Seeking, as do most,
Some authenticity
A little authenticity


released May 26, 2022
Drums: Nick Balzano
Bass: Delaney Hafener
Electric guitar: Bill Hafener
Organ: Delaney Hafener
Lap steel: Greg McMullen
Lead vocals and acoustic guitar: Delaney Hafener
Harmony vocals and tambourine: Anne O'Rourke
Harmony vocals: Sarah Gross

Written by Delaney Hafener
Produced by Delaney Hafener and Bill Hafener
Silo Recording 2021
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bill Hafener at Silo Recording in Brookhaven, NY

Artwork by Ryan Allison


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The Belle Curves New York, New York

Long Island, New York may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of country-Americana music with a strong rural connection, but you might think differently after spending some time with the work of singer/songwriter Delaney Hafener. The driving force behind The Belle Curves, Hafener has a way of turning your assumptions upside down. ... more


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