Iron In Our Blood

from by Clare O'Connor & Corbin Murdoch

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In the decades free of terror on the lip of the Great Lakes
In a century that ended before a new one took its place
We found each other early and fell into our embrace
A body grown beside a body knows that body’s shape

The city starts to buckle, sympathetic to the storm
Clutched against the caprock, a crack begins to form
The fissure in the asphalt where we buried our desire
And gathered in the wintertime to feed its tender fire

You isolate the pressure point and pierce it with a pin
The truths I leave to harden into knots beneath my skin
A surge in the transistor showers us in spark
Pulses through the power lines and leaves us in the dark

Jealous as the shipwreck, lonely as the flood
I led love to the lakeshore and I laid it in the mud
You left it to the tempest to be rusted by the rains
Iron sharpens iron, there is iron in our veins

And now my shoulders slacken in the warm pacific breeze
In a city doomed to disappear sometime this century
On the far side of a season I long for your embrace
A body grown beside a body knows that body’s shape

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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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