Songs for Pam

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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
Artists reserve all rights to their songs.

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Track Name: Jocelyn Mackenzie - Love Begets Love
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.
Track Name: Guy Capecelatro III – A Slow Dissolving
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
Track Name: Jim RIoux – Lions and Ponies and Hummingbirds
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
Track Name: The Orchards – When the Lion Came
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
Track Name: Ackport – Call My Name
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?
Track Name: Anna Vogelzang - Inhale/Exhale (for Pam)
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
Track Name: Mara Flynn - Talisman
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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