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Weatherford Elementary

from Collage by ellen cherry



Hey Tyler, meet me in the street again.
It’s 1981, and it’s 8AM.
We can walk together down the block to the school.
You’ll remember me and I’ll remember you.

Hey Tyler, why don’t you ask the teacher for a pass?
Or better yet, just meet me on the walk home after class.
We can kick the dust up underneath the monkey bars.
We can spend homeroom playing hooky and counting cars.

It was my favorite thing to do:
To walk right next to you.

Let me quiz you on the planets and the stars,
While we poke holes for lightning bugs, in lids of mason jars.
You can ask me spelling words, written on my list.
You can tell me secrets: what you want and what you wish.

It was my favorite time,
Walking with your hand in mine.

Do you recall the cloudless sky and the little games?
Or what you wrote inside my book next to our middle names?

I remember walking slow.
You were my favorite thing to know.

Hey Tyler, it’s 1981, it’s 8am.
Will you meet me in the street again?


from Collage, track released May 13, 2020
Weatherford Elementary
by ellen cherry

ellen cherry: vocals and main acoustic guitar
Matt Collen: electric, slide, and acoustic guitars, bass, tambourine, glockenspiel, and baritone
Marc Smith: Drums

Produced and recorded by Matt Collen at CommSounds

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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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