Why Now

from by Valerie Orth

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we sent out the news alerts
made headlines far and wide
everyone lowered their flags half-staff
and sighed

I cried, all my friends cried with me
I eventually stopped having those bad dreams
finally started to breathe normally

so what are you doing here
looking at me with those precious blue eyes
why now after my hard-earned healing
why are you hugging me so tight?

I set you on a boat, packed with
bottles of our fantasies
took one last hard look, gave one last hard push
then watched you sail away

I crossed the world’s longest bridge
to climb the highest peak on the other side
held mass then scattered our ashes
which danced off like a thousand kites

so what are you doing here
looking at me with those precious blue eyes
why now after my hard-earned healing
why are you hugging me so tight?

I scrubbed, washed you so damn good
then hung you out in the beating sun
bleaching you to a pale distant past
just a lesson, another lesson, a hard lesson...

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from Faraway City, released March 15, 2011
Written by Valerie Orth.

Players: Valerie Orth (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jon Evans (bass, string arrangement), Scott Amendola (drums), Julie Wolf (piano), Lylia Guion (violin), Marcie Brown (cello)

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Valerie Orth New York

"There is an honesty to Valerie Orth's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking.”

A prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie integrates live instruments with electronic sounds. Her latest EP, “Wake You,” carries the upbeat production and warmth of Sylvan Esso, the unexpected rhythms and percussion of Tune-Yards, and the dark vocals and trippy-ness of Portishead.
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