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i wrote this after my father died. he had so much pain inside. we just couldn't get to it. i know he blamed himself for many of our struggles. i wrote this to free him in some way. and to forgive him ~ for no one showed him how.... no one showed him how.


i just wanted to tell you all about
the autopsy
that we performed on you this morning
and the tragic results revealed
that this illness that took you
could’ve been
should’ve been

way down we go

when we we took
back your skin
your sadness rushed like hydrogen
your grief there in solid form
attached itself to your very core
your bones were all inscribed
with promises all left inside
for a fine life
for those you love
but oh how could you when
no one showed you
how could you
when no one showed you

now here you are
with all you need to know
from afar
you can just
let go


from When i Leave ohio, released January 1, 2014
acoustic guitar and vocals: sandy bell
mellotron, synthesisers: daniel mintseris
drums, percussion, electric guitar: jeff lipstein
harmonies: alice bierhorst



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sandy bell Woodstock, New York

Sandy Bell is a songwriter, singer and musician who currently calls Woodstock, NY home. She has moved through a vibrant and textured musical constellation, playing most notably with the brilliant Jeff Buckley, and most recently, contributing background vocals on the 2016 ‘Bat for Lashes’ album. Sandy’s music is an expressionistic, lush transmutation of deep grief into powerful songs. ... more

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