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"It was an interesting challenge to find a song that could be flipped a bit with a change in vocalist. It's funny how different the lyrics sound when read in an unfamiliar voice. I always knew Tom Petty's “American Girl” as a happy classic song, so when Jay Levine and I sat down and dissected it a bit it was surprising to find this kind of sadness. There seemed to be such an innocence about it, which now reads as a poignant contrast to the world as we now know it." - Catey

American Girl
Catey Shaw

Why Instant Love?


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Catey Shaw


Catey Shaw truly got her start underground - in the New York City subways. She played a beat-up ukulele for spare change until Jay Levine scooped her up from the train platform and into the recording studio.  

Catey released her debut EP “Clouds” in 2013, ringing with lyrics of love, family and the freedom of her bohemian, NYC lifestyle. In 2014 she released “The Brooklyn EP” featuring viral hits “Human Contact,” “Brooklyn Girls,” and “Night Go Slow,” cementing herself into the indie pop scene. That momentum continued through the release of her third EP, “The Ransom,” and will carry on toward the highly anticipated release of her first LP. 

Catey’s influences span from hip-hop to disco, Billie Holiday to Bob Marley. By channeling her well rounded understanding of the world into pop music, Catey makes her unique voice impossible to tune out. Aside from music, Catey Shaw is a lifelong painter and true artist. She creates all of her own visuals, viewing everything she makes as self-portraiture and sharing with her audience unapologetically.

In her own words:

"It was an interesting challenge to find a song that could be flipped a bit with a change in vocalist. It's funny how different the lyrics sound when read in an unfamiliar voice. I always knew Tom Petty's “American Girl” as a happy classic song, so when Jay Levine and I sat down and dissected it a bit it was surprising to find this kind of sadness. There seemed to be such an innocence about it, which now reads as a poignant contrast to the world as we now know it."

The Original


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Lyrics


"American Girl" written by Tom Petty

Well she was an American girl 

Raised on promises 

She couldn't help thinkin' that there 

Was a little more to life 

Somewhere else 

After all it was a great big world 

With lots of places to run to 

Yeah, an d if she had to die 

Tryin' she had one little promise 

She was gonna keep 

 

Oh yeah, all right 

Take it easy baby 

Make it last all night 

She was an American girl 

 

It was kind of cold that night 

She stood alone on her balcony 

She could the cars roll by 

Out on 441 

Like waves crashin' in the beach 

And for one desperate moment there 

He crept back in her memory 

God it's so painful 

Something that's so close 

And still so far out of reach 

 

Oh yeah, all right 

Take it easy baby 

Make it last all night 

She was an American girl