Rio Grande (FAWM Demo 2019)

from Meditations by ellen cherry

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I lost a dear friend in April 2018. It was sudden and I still have not fully accepted his absence. This summer, I read about the drought being so bad in Texas that the Rio Grande had become completely dry, in some places. This seemed so improbable--just like the reality of his death. This is a demo song, written for February Album Writing Month (FAWM), as a contemplation of this common situation....and grieving.

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I am not lost in sadness
I made my bed today
I chose some clothes and shoes to wear
I thought of things to say
Still I am confused how
You made your getaway

I was simply waiting
For gray to become green
I did not write the script
Where you left the scene
I’m riding out the seasons
On this turning time machine

I walked down to the water
I felt it in my hand
How does a raging river
Become a bed of sand
I do not understand

I might be lost in madness
As we leave this Golden Age
I wander in my room
I am measuring my cage
I see that you are fading
Like letters on a page

I walked down to the water
I heard a moving sound
I threw a stone across it
It hit the hardest ground
I find now that I have lost what I had found

I walked down to the water
I felt it in my hand
How does a raging river
Become a bed of sand
I do not understand

I understand that I'll never understand

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from Meditations, released January 1, 2018

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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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