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Klamath Lake

from Still by Westerly Sound

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made my living on the water
fishing them runs up in the hills round klamath lake
you know I had myself a lover and a daughter
but couldn’t feed them on my take
cause all the farmers needed water
to feed the cities lit up in lights and built on sand
and when their fields began to suffer
they dug a scar and up and drained it from this land

death in the water
swimming up from the sea
mother forgive our slaughter
your river bleeds

so september brought those swimmers up this river
an artery from seas below
and I stood and watched in horror
as withered veins began to falter and wouldn’t flow
a scene of silver out there gasping
yet they all just kept on thrashing, pushing home
but with all of them exhausted
they just went belly up and rotted down to their bones

oh our life our land, they came to claim
five hundred years and it’s still the same
you know they bust in here with their deeds and guns
say it’s theirs until it’s gone


from Still, released November 20, 2017
Matthew Bellman - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Sarah Favret - Vocals, Ukulele
Raffi Minasian - Vocals, Violin
Johnny Bregar - Bass, Banjo, Pump Organ


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Westerly Sound Bainbridge Island, Washington

Matthew Bellman
Raffi Minasian
Sarah Favret

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