Songs for Pam

by burst & bloom records

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    These songs were written for, around or after Pam Raiford’s struggle with and ultimate demise from cancer. Thanks to this amazing community for making such a lovely and loving tribute.

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LOVE BEGETS LOVE You split your head in two today, Oh, how I missed your face. Your hair turned white After she died. We stole away off to a Star For to return to who we are. And though it was frightening, We came back to life, yeah. If you want it, come and get it, I've got a lotta love, I got lotta love. I made an oath at her bedside, Promised I'd take care of her Guy. No, it's not the same, But I'll keep you safe. Back down to earth, you're far away. I pray for you every day. I'll always remind you My arms are open wide yeah. If you want it, come and get it, I've got a lotta love, I got lotta love... And I'm not running out. Love begets love, Love begets more love. If you want it, come and get it, I've got a lotta love, I got lotta love.
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A Slow Dissolving Watching the snow melt across the yard I can’t believe it’s been a year I’m feeling just as blown apart As the day they carried you away from here The storms were (are) coming every week I hunkered in like a bear Somehow my mind’s set on repeat Hoping you will somehow reappear I watch the world wax and (slowly) dissolve It’s like a puzzle I can’t solve I feel so scattered all about Rattling around in the house I spend the mornings in our bed Watching the news on your old phone I wonder where this last year went Things get stupid weird in this alone I know you said I should move on I try to fake it for our friends I wish I’d been the one who’d gone It’s hard to live in this pretend I heard these bugs inside my brain Will somehow slowly crawl away I can’t survive this in between You need to come to me in dream
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LIONS AND PONIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS I wish that I'd tried a little harder to get to know you better There's so much that I'd like to say but I know you'd tell me hey it's ok Lions and ponies and hummingbirds Your smile it outshines all of our words I know regret is so hollow A path that you never followed I can't help but see you smile How it urges us all into tomorrow Chorus You live in all that you loved But we still wish you were right here You call us all to rise above Whatever it is we might fear
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When the Lion Came When the lion came There was peace in its paws When it called out her name She was patient and calm Did she go where the river touches the willow? Where the sun melts the snow? Did she see the moon rise over the meadow? And all of us in our little towns below? When the lion came When the lion came Oh my friend, have you ever seen such light As the light in our backyard today? Oh my friend, there are no lines left to sing But there is so much left to say
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Call my name when I’ve gone electric, call my name Call my name if I’m off wandering, call my name Call my name when I’m trying to find you, call my name Call my name I will be listening, call my name Won’t you call my name? Won’t you call my name? Hold my hand in the nights and the mornings, hold my hand Hold my hand if you’re not getting through to me, hold my hand Hold my hand when you’re feeling frightened, hold my hand Hold my hand when there are no more words, hold my hand Won’t you hold my hand? Won’t you hold my hand? I’m lonesome and sad you feel so far away now, call my name I heard the words but did not catch the meaning, call my name It’s real and it hurts but it’s not without purpose, call my name I heard your voice I thought I was dreaming, call my name Won’t you call my name? Won’t you call my name? Won’t you call my name? Won’t you call my name? Won’t you call my name? Won’t you call my name?
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ook up the sky is opening up a love as bright as the sun and thick as thieves on my knees underwater the bluff we’d only just begun breathing easy exultation, exhale going under, going down exhalation, inhale going under, going down rumination, exhale going under, going under, going under, goin a lark a blanket of stars the dark as heavy as a heart astronomical on and on, undertaker the arc, the bombing of the guard mythological hibernation, exhale going under, going down constellation, inhale going under, going down divination, exhale going under, going under, going under, goin oo oo, oo oo there’s something to be said for getting yourself haunted oo oo, oo oo safe in the lion’s paw a spark a flame inside a jar sweetheart you’re breezing through the yard riding on the wind invocation, exhale going under, going down excavation, inhale going under, going down liberation, exhale going under, going under, going under, goin
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Talisman dreaming of your bardo on this nordic isle on a snowy plateau walking by your side there is a house in the distance, our steps lead to the door there is a friend who will give you the strength to endure there’s a second cabin coming into view windows have a warm glow, beckoning to you there is a family whose love will follow where you go there is a fire that’s burning and in your heart will grow feather and stone iron and jade always with you this talisman we made for the noblest hero kindness is repaid there’s a grateful Lion to help you on your way mane of gold, he puts a gentle paw on your chest feathers hold you as you lay your head to rest
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These songs were written for, around or after Pam Raiford’s struggle with and ultimate demise from cancer. Thanks to this amazing community for making such a lovely and loving tribute.

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released August 6, 2018

Cover photo - Scott Houston
Lion drawing – Allison May Kiphuth
Monhegan paper cut - Dylan Metrano
Lion crest - Mike Wolstat
Mastering at The Electric Cave - Marc McElroy
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