This seaside town

from by julie murphy

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this seaside town

this seaside town is dying

boarded hotels where you drank and danced and I cleaned bedrooms burn on a june night by the light of the borialis

wake up ( mother )
from your waking dream

wake up from your waking dream

wake up and talk to your daughters 

this house is dying but I want to let the light in

let the sunlight stream 

and the wind rush through the flaking windows

through this slowly dying house

my fathers roses still bloom in the garden

please don't ever cut them down 

this seaside town so quiet even in july

the people only come here at the weekends now

but when you were a girl delighted screams

drifted on the warm night air through your window

from the rollercoaster rising up like a giant ship at the bottom of your street

when I was a girl this seaside town was tram donkey and pier 
the long bus ride from the estuary south

through northern red brick towns shining after rain

the candle tower in the distance saying 

almost there
almost at the tall house with the piano 
into my nana's arms and a whisky kiss

and to the smaller house

another piano

tobacco stains

grandma's stew 

for two weeks every summer this seaside town
was the taste of barm cakes and the smell of the sea

a pilgrimage to see the living and talk of the dead. 

so I never forgot the bloodline 
and the different words for things

words and music ; julie murphy


from Every bird that flies, released March 1, 2016



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julie murphy Swansea, UK

Julie Murphy is a singer songwriter and member of Welsh folk innovators fernhill. She writes songs at the piano at home in the Welsh countryside. Her fourth solo album 'Every bird that flies' is available now

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