The Ones I Owe

from Faraway City by Valerie Orth

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you followed the book exactly
to make that model child I’d never be
maybe it was the way the stars aligned
that first night I saw the moonshine

you must have known that one day, one day
that I’d be grown enough to know
that you are the ones I owe everything to

you blew up balloons, stretched out streamers
planned games for the other seventh graders
you smiled when they shouted surprise
I left as quickly as I arrived

you must have known that one day, one day
that I’d be grown enough to know
that you are the ones I owe everything to

under my bed I hid boys like liquor
testing which one would make me sicker
you became private eyes
evidence rarely matched my alibi

you must have known that one day, one day
that I’d be grown enough to know
that you are the ones I owe everything to

all the years of grievances, all my resistance
all the differences I claimed, as much as we really are the same

Now I am grown enough to know
that you are the ones I owe everything to

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from Faraway City, released March 15, 2011
Written by Valerie Orth and Bob Sanders (ASCAP/VLO Music)

Valerie Orth (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jon Evans (bass), Scott Amendola (drums), Julie Wolf (piano)

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Valerie Orth New York

Amidst the madness of 2020, when nothing is certain and we struggle to find hope for the future, we need artists like electro alt-pop songwriter/guitarist/producer Valerie Orth. She writes with a strong sense of self and a fierce feminist perspective, telling stories about alienated humanity and visions of a better tomorrow. Her new album, Rabbit Hole, due out Dec 4, couldn’t be more timely. ... more

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