Basement - Red Pen

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Lyrics by Penina

Recorded in the Pink House living room and basement. Harp loop and lead vocal recorded live. Percussion and additional vocals overdubbed.

lyrics

When you were growing up
wasn't it like your mom
rummaging through your drawers
wearing a ballgown and a burger king hat --

finding your journals and going
through them with a red pen
rewriting the parts she didn't like
and just crossing the parts out
she felt she could simply not salvage.

It's weird that there are chairs there.
Are you afraid that I'll forget
the word for snow?
Because maybe you need
to let go of that one
in the name of the italian seascapes

and sky. You have to trust that
on a cold day, sitting next to someone
smoking a pipe -- I'll hear a windchime
or a strange birdsound or the creak
of wood and I'll remember
how few the words once were.
The word can change, but the snow
stays the same.

(How are you going to find it?)

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from Split, released April 30, 2015

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