Geranium

from by Jane Siberry

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lyrics

I don’t remember a box I don’t remember a bow I do remember a gunnel, ribs thump of paddle
I do remember women’s voices and being carried across the water shoreline white pine ravens wilderness
I don’t remember where I was when I first was lifted up I don’t remember where I was when I first held the cup I only know that you were there I looked into your eyes and there I saw a world so …
I don’t remember a bow I do remember a box the box much smaller than you when you were born your father stumbling once carrying your box across the lawn
I do remember the minister’s shoes and a lawn-mower nearby a drop of dew geraniums and the crumpled kleenex in my mother’s hand beside
I don’t remember where I was when I first was lifted up I don’t remember who I was when I first held the cup I only know that you were there I looked into your eyes and there I saw a world so beautiful so full of love and hardship too I held my breath and with the breath of god I came rushing through

credits

from Ulysses' Purse, released January 11, 2018
jane: vocals, piano pauline kim: viola christine kim: cello james roe: oboe david travers-smith: trumpets, e-flat peck horns

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