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O, the whippoorwill of traffic from my bed,
I look out and see the garden we made
from a flower pot and spider web.
Three red flowers learn how to bloom;
summer in the city, we make do.

I wait for you to crawl in my window
from the fire escape that divides our homes.
Your silhouette appears, mocking the sun’s glow.
So many people in the city—you’re the one I know.

O, my summer friend, we walk down the sky’s blue—
mirror for the avenue.

I want to be the first to see
cracks in the buildings
sprouting little green leaves.

O, my summer friend
let’s sleep in the park’s arms.
O, my summer friend,
let’s dodge the avenue’s cars,
sing louder than the subway,
morn the river’s gray.
We’ll cat call all the fellas
before they can yell anything at us.

O, my summer friend
may it never end


from The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera, released August 8, 2014



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Laura Dunn and the Ghosts of Xmas Past Portland, Oregon

with Bjorkish runaway melodies and surreal lyricism, Laura Dunn and the Ghosts of Xmas Past combine banjo-driven creepy folk music with opera singers, toy pianos and rattling chains.
She sounds like "Emmylou Harris singing in a haunted house" --James Duval, Virginia Omnivore
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