Mile One (For Rebecca Solnit and Jo Kreiter)

from by Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi

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lyrics

Here is a road
A thousand miles long
She walks down step by step
She isn't at mile one

I don't know how far she has to go,
but she'll never walk backwards.

Here is that day
Filled with a thousand tears
She tastes them one by one
and thinks about the sea.

I don't know how far she has to go,
but she doesn't walk alone.

Here is the room
It holds tempest, holds a storm
The wind picks up inside
But outside all is calm.

I don't know how far she has to go,
but she'll never walk backwards.

Here is the gun
It holds a thousand threats but needs just only one.
It turns around in the drawer
It follows across the floor.

I don't know how far she has to go,
but she doesn't walk alone.

She doesn't walk alone.

credits

from Grace and Delia Are Gone: Tales for the Stage, IV, released September 16, 2016
Carla Kihlstedt: Voice, Violin
Matthias Bossi: Drums, Programming, Scrapes
Shahzad Ismaily, Guitar, Bass

Recorded in a lovely basement in Chilmark, MA on a beautiful August afternoon. Around ONE microphone.

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Rabbit Rabbit Radio Falmouth, Massachusetts

Rabbit Rabbit Radio is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, they are founding members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava.

Drawing on their love of both art & folk song, industrial & improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, their songs are raw, beautiful, sparse and rich.
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