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lyrics

I left a message for you at the bottom of the Gowanus
Scrawled on toxic splinters
Fallen through the cracks of our own ecstatic honesty
It swam to meet the fishes
And the broken bodies sleeping among them
And how their bodies glistened with the chemical reflections
Of their mutant fishy friends
And I wonder - what can live here? What can survive here?
What can live here, what can survive.

I wrote a letter to you at the bottom of the Ybbs.
You said it was your river
But I think it´s just a stream,
And you some holy-headed dream

And do you know, and do you know, and do you know how much I thought I loved you?

I wrote a song for you
In the middle of your Also Sprach Zarathustra
In its beloved tatters, which I read upon the Brooklyn Bridge
And learned that nothing really matters
But why do all these wanton things spring and spring again,
And spring again from joy into existence?
How can they only do it once?
So I sing again, and sing again this song to numb my own resistance:
What can live here, what can survive here?
What can live here, what can survive

And do you know, and do you know, and do you know how much I thought I loved you?
And do you know, and do you know.

I wrote this song for you originally,
But now it´s my song.

credits

from Creature Comforts, released May 5, 2017
Performed by:

The Rhythm Method string quartet:
Marina Kifferstein, violin
Lavinia Pavlish, violin
Anne Lanzilotti, viola
Meaghan Burke, cello and vocals

Recorded by Shahzad Ismaily at Figure8 Studios, Brooklyn
Mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert, Vienna

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Meaghan Burke New York, New York

Release show 5/11 at Joe's Pub, 9:30pm!

Meaghan Burke is a Brooklyn-based cellist, singer, and songwriter of many hats. She enjoys channeling the spirits of Kurt Cobain, Billie Holiday, and Gustav Mahler in her chamber-grunge-chansons. ... more

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