THE PRINCE OF PROVIDENCE
©2008/2011 Dean Petrella / The Complaints

A little city built on seven hills
One man, one vision with some small thrills
Move a river and drink some wine
I’ll try to keep my hands clean this time.

But princes only live like kings

And sometimes they lose everything
A man is only what he thinks he is
Yes I’m the prince of Providence.

A little fire to warm the water’s chill
Me and the “old boys” hangin’ on the hill
I love my city I love my wine
I’ve got to keep my hands clean this time (but behind every fortune there is a crime)

But princes only live like kings
And sometimes they lose everything
A man is only what he thinks he is
And I’m the prince of Providence.
               
I never take more than I give                       
I never take more than I give                                               
I never take more than I give

A little city built on seven hills
One man, one vision with no small thrills
I miss my city I miss my wine
I couldn’t keep my hands clean this time.

But princes only think they’re kings
But sometimes they lose everything
And now it’s been a long time since
I was the prince of Providence.

It’s been a long time
It’s been a long time
It’s been a long time
DEAN PETRELLA / THE COMPLAINTS
The Prince of Providence was written by Dean Petrella (lyrics and music) and The Complaints (music). It
was inspired by Mike Stanton’s novel Prince of Providence and written for the Michael Corrente film with the
same name (yet to be released). The song was written with the often juxtaposing thoughts around Buddy
Cianci. He’s kind of good, but’s he’s kind of bad. Everything local legends should be made of…

Dean Petrella is the lead singer and primary songwriter of the modern rock band The Complaints. They are
currently playing 200 shows a year, mostly touring the east coast. The band has also been in the studio
working on their 4th full length CD. They have recently shared the stage with Train, 3 Doors Down,
Nickleback, Sugar Ray, Collective Soul and many many more. They continue to be an indie-underground
success story.

The song was recorded by The Complaints at their studio The Barn (Rehobeth MA). It was mixed and
mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M-Works in Boston MA. It is available on The Complaints third full length
release “Sunday Morning Radio”.

Discography
Distractions/Dean Petrella (1998 solo release)
Fear/The Complaints (1999 release)
Criminal Mind/The Complaints (2002 release)
Sunday Morning Radio (2008 release)

All songs and full length albums are now available on iTunes.