Rio Grande (FAWM Demo 2019)

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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

Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!) is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. In 2017, ellen presents a new touring project called Portraits in Song that marries her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history to increase love and empathy for all. ... more

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