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2005 My Favorite Blue Dress

from (New) Years​-​-​PAY WHAT YOU WANT by ellen cherry



2005: My Favorite Blue Dress explores the idea of works of social action versus those of social mercy.


I spent the summer in my favorite blue dress.
I’m so tired, but I’ve still got this moment to confess.
I’m just one soul, but I worry in a global sense:
Earthquakes and shootings and general uprootings,
how can I help but feel helpless?

Newspapers and television
In my derision, I change the station.
In my ears and in my eyes, I have too much information
In my mind, I think: surely things will change.
Surely things will change, because they cannot stay the same.

This woman smiles at me, her lapel wisdom says “Pray. Pray Until Something Happens”
But nobody wants to do, yet they want to blame
and I think: surely things can change
Surely things can change, cause they cannot stay the same.


from (New) Years​-​-​PAY WHAT YOU WANT, released December 31, 2010
ellen cherry, Michael Prout, Andrew McCallum


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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

I am song & story Alchemist and I want to meet you at the intersection of creativity and recovery. While on tour in Texas, I was struck by an intoxicated driver which resulted in a violent wreck. Through my music and multi-media performances, I explore the pain and joy of recovering one’s body and spirit after extreme trauma. ... more

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