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We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow ~ Chapter 07: Julia Alone

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The tall grasses gave a brittle wave In the winter wind Gravel crackling beneath our feet Your eyes were dry and sleepy The day your father passed, Your mother’s shoulders sank a bit But women in your past, Have warm steel in their eyes. We used to glide Between twin bridges Singing into the wind Singing into the wind The songs we lofted are hung high on the line For some other wandering child to find 2501OA34
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I woke to the buzzing neon sign Outside your window For the laundromat downstairs And I pulled on my coat to go Our spent cigarettes Lay waiting on your doorstep Left there overnight and quietly A paltry offering made carelessly For the nighttime gods of Bergen Street I walked down Union to the water To look out on Governors Island And watch the workers at the docks Unload the barges at the pier's end I thought I'd let you sleep in; I think more clearly when I'm walking. By some small measure of grace I'm still staying at my place on Lorraine There's an arcade bar on Carroll now But Sunny's hasn't changed. I still walk down your old block When I'm close to Cobble Hill Counting footsteps to your door Pretending that you life there still. I have a smoke on your old stoop For the nighttime gods of Bergen Street. 2603BN35
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I should have known something was coming, When the bodega cats left for Park Slope The train’s not running past Carroll, Even though the water’s gone down. The granny that bartends on Sundays Was wading through three feet of water With two velvet paintings of Mary One tucked under each arm. My stuffs in the old busted walk-in. The boss wants it out of the diner by Friday. Is your Aunt still living in Ridgewood? Do you think she’s got space in her basement? The granny that bartends on Sundays Was wading through three feet of water With two velvet paintings of Mary One tucked under each arm. Don’t “Julia” me. Marsha, I know that tone. There’s nothing for me in Odena, I’m fine it was just another storm. The granny that bartends on Sundays Was wading through three feet of water With two velvet paintings of Mary One tucked under each arm. 2703BN36
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The Plant on Baltic is broken down So crops this season are low. I think we’ve got enough to make it through the colder months But these days it’s hard to know. I think of all the times we ran the tap Just to wash the grit away This is our legacy as children of The age of greatest waste. I got your message from September, Strange to be so out-of-touch. Perhaps the gaps in correspondence Make it easy not to dwell so much. On all the nights, we spent swimming, Spilling whiskey in the woods. Should we have seen the harder days coming? Would it have done us any good? I heard the bus runs, every other week. From Jersey city to Montgomery. I’d like you and the family If you all still have room for me. I think of all the times we ran the tap Just to wash the grit away This is our legacy as children of The age of greatest waste. 2803BN37

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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.

In Year 34-37 we return to Julia in Brooklyn, as she corresponds, via phone, letter and email, with her friends back home. At first the missives reveal nostalgia and loneliness, but when a massive weather event floods Red Hook and then the new Gowanus desalination plant fails threatening New York’s food supply, Julia begins to make plans to return to Odena.

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released August 2, 2019

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 and New York University, Abu Dhabi UAE

Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, Scituate RI

©2019 Drift Club Records

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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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