The Awful Rowing

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I wrote this song about Anne Sexton and her poem "The Awful Rowing Toward God" and some women I met and some friends I miss and some people who needed some things and didn't know how to ask.

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Anne took a long slog
Across that wide, grey gulf.
The awful rowing toward God
On the faraway shore
Left everybody else
Took bread and wine
And no one to bless
Took no photographs
So there’s no one to miss.

Forgive me daughter
For I have sinned.
The awful rowing toward God.
Got myself lost
Got myself up a creek
Got into the woods
Got to get myself free.
Can’t worry about you
When I’m worried about me.

She’s sweating blood, but won’t call out for help
Your arms will get tired just from carrying yourself.
Sun in your eyes and the ache in your throat.
There’s nowhere to hide in an open boat.
And for all your precious knowing,
There’s no other life but the awful rowing.

They buried me
And the baby together
The awful rowing toward God.
I grew and I strained
At the choke of the tether,
Made lists and meals
And a show of my best
Found no sleep in the bed
Where they laid me to rest.

She’s sweating blood, but won’t call out for help
Your arms will get tired just from carrying yourself.
Sun in your eyes and the ache in your throat.
There’s nowhere to hide in an open boat.
And for all your precious knowing,
There’s no other life but the awful rowing.

I took a long slog
But my arms are tired
The awful rowing toward God.
The worst part is knowing
I’ll never arrive.
The awful rowing.

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from The Awful Rowing EP, released September 11, 2015

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Hardworker Durham, North Carolina

Sus Long left Oakland, CA in 2013 (and duo Kit Carson, a collaboration with Ian James Walters) to move to Durham. That same year, she met bass and banjo player Michael Conner and the two started meeting up to play Ramones covers. The friends kept making friends with musical friends and this bluesy folk band has grown to include guitarist Danny Nowell, singer Alex Treyz, and drummer Dave Berka. ... more

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