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I was still finding the words
They were publishing your piece
I was still finding my courage
You were fighting the police
And I wanted so badly to do what you were able to
Easier to just fall in love with you

You wanted to retreat
To be shielded from view
All the people that you loved
Expected things from you
You felt you knew the part I wanted you to play
Easier to just turn and walk away

The panic when you meet someone who’ll change you
The terror once you know you have to tell them
When you’re already sure how they’ll receive it
Yeah, you’ve always been able to take it or to leave it

I said it didn’t hurt
That it was just a bruise
Still I tried to turn myself
Into something you could use
But my constant return to the rawness of the wound
Allowed me to admit this was about more than you

So I took every chance
And learned to follow through
Until others saw in me, what I had seen in you
I learned to think of love
As risk and gratitude
Had a been lying if I’d said, I didn’t still want that with you

The panic when you meet someone who’ll change you
The terror once you know you have to tell them
When you’re already sure how they’ll receive it
Yeah, you’ve always been able to take it or to leave it

Last summer
I took a lover
I saw my younger self in her
Told her the love she
Wanted from me
She should look to herself for

I never once told her a lie
She cried through our goodbye

So now you’ve hit some walls
Found the rules that you obey
To protect yourself from some, keep everyone away
There’s a tension in your chest that reason won’t undo
You find it’s I who has something to teach you

Somehow we have held on to a friendship
Despite all the discomfort and the bullshit
By now there’s no need to even say it
But you’ve always been able to take it or to leave it

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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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