Trees

from Winter by Andrew Huang

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way back when the forest was a tree
you knelt down and kissed us tenderly
and from the dew, far as the eye could see
grew the grapes, grew the grapes

a vintage sweeter than the finest flora
on a tongue so sharp, it came and almost tore you
and in the place that we now know as california
we fell asleep, fell asleep

mother, were you weeping when the sun went down?
mother, did you hold us in your arms?
are we sorry enough?

we used the sun and starlight as a tent
the legends and inventions came and went
a hundred thousand years were scored and spent
digging graves, digging graves

if we dreamt, we only dreamt serenely
but when we woke, the sound was all machinery
and everybody made it look so easy
to be calm, to be calm

mother, were you weeping when the sun went down?
mother, did you hold us in your arms?
mother, will you show us how to mend the scraps of this bridal gown?

pour your wine on your tablecloths and clothes
raise a glass for our glorious, scoffing toast
here's one for the jowls of our host
we'll let her weep, let her weep

credits

from Winter, released February 27, 2014
Andrew Huang: voice, guitar, bass, banjo
Leah Hunter: voice
Christine Lim: voice
Burke Carroll: pedal steel
Hannah Gove: violin
Galen Drinnan: cello
Mike Wood: drums

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