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We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow ~ Chapter 04: Homeward

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A March morning, ice melting The snow water, it glistens and halts Trickling off of the buildings Soaking the concrete and Dripping from Chevrolets Day-workers tar seams in the concrete The sun rises up from behind Borough Hall A packed 57 grumbles as it rattles by And I’m rushing to meet Marsha At Smith and Bergen by nine. It’s not like her to withhold things All she said was she wanted to talk. I walk and listen while cars sing ignition I stop in Sammie’s and glance at the news Tucked cellophane flowers under my arm I’m worried, but when I see her I don’t want to let on 1403BN32
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I stuffed the trashbag full of bedsheets in the hatchback And gently closed the trunk until it latched. She said “I best get on the road, before the traffic’s bad.” I said “Marsha I hope your mother gets better,” And she glanced at the scatter of her leftover things We had stacked by the curb for the trash. She got stuck at the light at Henry and Sackett So I ran the block and we said goodbye again As she pull away, I just waved and waved I just waved and waved. 1503BN32
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I moved back to my folks’ in Jacksontown After Ma was diagnosed. I knew Papa couldn’t care well for them both So I quit the city and came home. I got work at Jon’s Deli making bread And learned to love the sunrises. In the back alley I’d watch grey mice gather newsprint For a new nest. Ma forgot my name there near the end And she’d fight with Papa over dust. Some nights I’d find him sleeping in a chair, Looking old beside her bed. 1604OA33
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It was high up, when the sun went down. We would drive up the highest hill in town, Just to lean our heads back and try to see it glowing. It was far off, but it felt so near. We’d turned the car off when the sky was clear And sit up there for hours when Mars was showing. It was easy to see back then. Our eyes were wide and the streetlights were thin. It could be easy someday again But I doubt we'll find a way back to where we've been. It was easy to sing our hymns, The songs of youth and reckless dreaming. It could be easy someday again, If we can find the tune of our redeeming. It was high up, when the sun went down. We would drive up the highest hill in town, Just to lean our heads back and see if Mars was showing If this old town gets dark enough We could slow down and peer above. We could lean our heads back and try to see it glowing. 1704OA33
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"Just over the crest of that hill That's where they found it," Emma said, pointing toward the old mill, Then they put a fence around it. "Took some samples to the college in town But we never heard anything. I still don't know what exactly they found But they had to stop building." "It's just as well, the jobs went north, So much is out of our hands. And we do fine, Jon and I, We just make other plans." I think sometimes, how long ago This all was an ocean floor And maybe sooner than we know, Those waters will be restored. Emma stopped to pull a burr from her skirt As she was finishing her story. "It's sure a shame why you had to move home," she said, As we came up on Nichol's quarry. "But it will be nice to have you back around town, Folks seem to leave here in a hurry. Remember how we'd come up here and skip stones? I still do then when I'm worried." I think sometimes, how long ago This all was an ocean floor And maybe sooner than we know, Those waters will be restored. 1804OA33

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We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow is a four hour, forty song cycle, being released in nine Chapters every two months from August 2018-December 2019.

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released February 1, 2019

In Year 32-33, Marsha leaves New York and returns to Odena to provide caregiving for her aging parents. While trying to find her footing back home, she revisits old haunts and rekindles old friendships.

Words and Music by
Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas

Kate Adams: Vocals
Joshua Dumas: Piano, Synths

Recorded And Mixed By
Joshua Dumas at Pieholden Suite Sound, Chicago Il

Additional Recording at
Shape Shoppe, Chicago Il

Mastered By
Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, Scituate Ri


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Mending Brooklyn, New York

The Wakerobin Archive is an ongoing experiment in speculative storytelling in song.
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Book 01, "We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow" is a four hour, nine album drone folk exploration of sisterhood and climate change.

Book 02 commences in March 2020.

Mending is Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas
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