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The city is restless it shifts and it sighs
Sometimes I need someone to help me survive
The fear our resistance isn’t what it should be
Is calmed by the promise that you see in me

The first time that we met
We were the last ones left
On the picket lines at Bay and Bloor
We snuck into a train yard
Climbed up on a billboard
Looking over Davenport

My mother always told me
There was nothing for me
In this city anymore
But perched above the traffic
In our winter jackets
You would prove my mother wrong

The tenements haunted, the back alleys prowled
They were built brick by brick with a masonry trowel
And in the same way a brand new city grew
Spreading out over top of one I already knew

The bar booths and the cafes
That became our mainstays
I had somehow missed before
Where the old guard and the new
Came to reconcile the two
By moving the goalposts once more

Anarchists debating
How we should be creating
The preconditions for class war
This became the backdrop
Stuck behind our laptops
’Til we were wonderin’ what we do this for

Soon we created a new kind of love
One that I had not thought I was capable of
You revealed to me the best parts of myself
And refused to allow me to be anyone else

Some nights were eternal
Pages of our journal
Spread out on the bedroom floor
Working straight to deadline
Getting drunk on cheap wine
Once we couldn’t work no more

My mother always told me
There was nothing for me
In this city anymore
But smoking at the station
After the demonstration
You would prove my mother wrong

The city is restless it shifts and it sighs
Sometimes I need someone to help me survive

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from Work Songs, released March 24, 2015

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Clare O'Connor & Corbin Murdoch Vancouver, British Columbia

Equal parts earnest and incisive, Work Songs is an album by Clare O'Connor and Corbin Murdoch. Originally composed for the theatre, it is a song-cycle that asks what we can salvage from personal loss and political despair.

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