Aberdeen

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An original tune by Leah Hennessy about remembering and misunderstanding, thick with the bittersweet pain of nostalgia.

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Aberdeen, Aberdeen
I knew you so well.
though your grace is far behind me
and my word is shot to Hell.
It's a pity to remember,
it's a fault to forget.
Aberdeen, Aberdeen
I don't know you yet.

Aberdeen, Aberdeen
what once was so near.
I put sea and sky between us
just to try and disappear.
Oh, I'd set the story straight
what is false and what is fear.
Aberdeen, Aberdeen
my song is sincere.

Aberdeen, Aberdeen,
I can't let you win.
There's nothing left to say here
so silence amends.
How do stories sit straight,
how does jagged learn to lean?
Aberdeen, Aberdeen
unfortunate queen.

Aberdeen, Aberdeen
they're talkin' in town.
Though your grace is far behind you
they've fashioned you a crown.
So the hearts left in the wake
will learn to swim or sink and drown.
Aberdeen, Aberdeen
ah can't you hear the sound?

My country heart
is never more to see
that green.

Doomed from the start
a Southern Gothic dream
in the midst of Georgia pine I swear I hear you speak to me.

Aberdeen, Aberdeen
I knew you so well.
though your grace is far behind me
and my word is shot to Hell.
It's a pity to remember,
it's a fault to forget.
Aberdeen, Aberdeen
I don't know you yet.

Copyright: Leah Hennessy, 2015

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from Some Bright Morning, released July 1, 2016
Written by: Leah Hennessy
Arranged by: The By & By

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The By & By is taking a fresh approach to American Roots music. Their electrifying stage performances summon the raw energy of Gospel and Blues music, the plaintive cry in Country music, and infuse it with a modern edge. The resulting music is inventive and yet familiar, forging new territory for the American string band. ... more

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