"Revelator" as written by Gillian Howard Welch and David Todd Rawlings....
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    General CommentThe entire song take the form of the singer revealing to us how she feels about herself and her mental and emotional state.

    The first verse: The singer reveals and warns us that she is untrustworthy but whether this statement is true will only be revealed in time. Hence "time's the revelator".

    The second verse: The singer reveals that she is on her own and a fortune teller
    predicts her future. But the predictions turn out false thus every word dates the fortune teller as time reveals and disproves her predictions.

    The third verse: In this verse the singer is tired of her current situation. Days getting straighter hints at a lose of adventure, discovery, and a fulfillment.

    The forth verse: The singer escapes, or dreams of escaping, Corning and returns to California where life will be better. She then calls herself the Queen of Fakes and Imitators, which she told us in the first verse. Time will reveal all.

    The "Katy" refers to the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad. "She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule To Ride)" is a blues song.

    Revelator is one who revels.

    Corning is a town in New York.

    Cali is short for California.
    whit_jron November 03, 2014   Link

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