Hunger

by Robinson & Rohe

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1.
Shine 04:09
Shine Words and music by Liam Robinson So many jewels are awaiting your ear For whom do you shine, Love, for whom do you shine? You hold each one up as you gaze in the mirror For whom do you pine, Love, for whom do you pine? What do they whisper as you draw them near? You say that you’re mine, Love, but are you just mine? Each little jewel is a secret untold For whom do you shine, Love, for whom do you shine? You remember the story of each one you hold For whom do you pine, Love, for whom do you pine? Is it silver for some while others are gold? You say that you’re mine, Love, but are you just mine? One gem shines in the glimmering day And another one glows in the shimmering night Do you wear the same one in the sun’s golden rays As you do in the moon’s silver light? So many jewels were here before I For whom do you shine, Love, for whom do you shine? Some etched in truth and some cast in lies For whom do you pine, Love, for whom do you pine? This beauty beheld in so many eyes You say that you’re mine, Love, but are you just mine? One gem shines in the glimmering day And another one glows in the shimmering night Do you wear the same one in the sun’s golden rays As you do in the moon’s silver light? After an evening there comes a new day Will you be true, Love, will you be true? And in this new dawn can we find a new way If I shine for you, Love, if I shine for you? Can I believe in the things that you say? You say that you’re mine, Love, but Am I the one that shines in the glimmering day, And the one that glows in the shimmering night? Can I shine for you in the sun’s golden rays And again in the moon’s silver light?
2.
Louisa 04:35
Louisa Words and music by Jean Rohe Louisa, little Southern town The green hills wear their hazy crown In the evening I go walking as the summer sun goes down Louisa, I left everything For your green hills, for a wedding ring I'm a dreamer, I'm a foolish dreamer with a sad, sad song to sing O, Louisa What have you done? Now I'm a prisoner of my icy jealousy I shoulda never left my home up North for your warm Virginia breeze O, Louisa, you made a broken girl of me Louisa, full of Southern belles They'll smile bright and they'll wish you well But you can see it: they're hiding something; what it is, you can't quite tell Louisa, he caught me in his snare With his sweet laugh and his golden hair But Louisa, his wandering eye–-this Northern girl could not compare To Louisa What have you done? Now I'm a prisoner of my icy jealousy I shoulda never left my home up North for your warm Virginia breeze O, Louisa, you made a broken girl of me And I'd go, you know I'd turn and head back homeward Back to my land of snow And I've tried, but he's the only one for me O, Louisa Louisa Louisa O, Louisa What have you done to me? I shoulda never left my home up North for your warm Virginia breeze O Louisa, you made a broken girl of me O Louisa, Louisa, Louisa.
3.
Hunger 06:28
Hunger Words and music by Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson We were children then We drove across this country with the windows down We stopped for gas and ice cream in these reservation towns The curving mountain lanes and the asphalt arrow running through the plains We were lovers then We drove across this country with the windows down We touched those heavy stones that hold this nation to the ground The rocks that have endured; great paperweights for freedom’s written word But these awesome peaks Are not monument enough for our hungry thoughts We must raise a stone for each brave act, for each war fought As if memory’s great ship without these tethered weights would set adrift And we wondered if our love would endure the certain pain And if this land could withstand the crimson stain of our hunger We were dreamers then We drove across this country with the windows down We stopped for gas and coffee in these migrant worker towns We touched those heavy stones and the greatest lakes this ancient Earth has known But these torrent streams Cannot cool the burning of our open pores We must turn our greedy mouths up to the drinking gourd From sea to thirsty sea, these mighty rivers yearning to be free And we wondered if our love would endure the certain pain And if this land could withstand the iron chains of our hunger We are older now We drive across this country with the windows down We stop for gas and bathrooms in these slag heap company towns We buy some pretty stones and fill our tank with prehistoric bones These fossil lakes Are the inkwells for a novel of our times We scratch with furious hands to soothe our feverish minds Though the ink is running dry, we still insist to write upon the sky Oh, this spacious sky Is not poetry enough for our swelling lungs We must write a thousand songs to carry on our tongues Our thoughts will burn so bright we can white the stars out from the sky at night And we wonder if our love will endure the certain pain And if this land can withstand the endless strain of our hunger Will we be lovers then? Will we move across this thirsty land of trading posts? And stop to stretch our tired legs among the hungry ghosts? As o’er the Earth we roam, the past will live inside these heavy stones But these pilgrim rocks Are not elegy enough for our aching hearts We must plant a stone for every soul when it departs Until every shady grove is a grinding mouth of molars set in rows And we’ll wonder at how our love endured the certain pain As we are swallowed by the land again Oh the hunger
4.
For a Moment 04:32
For a Moment Words and music by Liam Robinson They tore up the asphalt to repave the street And revealed the old trolley car tracks Two bright lines of steel that emerged from the pavement Like fossils dug up from the past We could see them We could touch them Just for a moment and then they were gone The power went out on the fourteenth of August And the children of Brooklyn saw stars Orion’s bright arrows were raining from heaven As radiant beams from afar We could see them We could touch them Just for a moment and then they were gone We could see them We could touch them Just for a moment and then they were gone The cloud cover lifts, the kaleidoscope shifts and a red velvet curtain is drawn The silence is broken, the truth it is spoken one moment before it is gone That’s when I see it That’s when I feel it That’s when I know it Just for a moment You sat on the bed, you buttoned your shirt as the stars faded out of the sky And there in the doorway you switched on the hall light and something had changed in your eyes I could see it Just for a moment and then it was gone Just for a moment, and then you were gone Just for a moment and then we are gone Oh, we can see it We can feel it Just for a moment and then we are gone
5.
Safe Harbor 04:37
Safe Harbor Words and Music by Liam Robinson Safe harbor You were taken by a storm The people of this town cannot stay here anymore And you say You could see the warning signs in the rearview You could hear that warning bell behind you Oh, but you could not hear it then The wind cried and the tide rose, But we can’t live in hiding and we fight for what’s ours until it goes ‘Till it’s gone Safe harbor You were taken by a storm Just look at the sky, my love and I, we can’t stay here anymore And I say I could see the warning signs in the headlights I could see that flickering storm in the dark night Oh, but I could not show you then Well the wind cried and the tide rose, But we can’t live in hiding and you fight for what’s ours until it goes ‘Till it’s gone My lover, I left you like a storm This hurricane heart of mine cannot stay here anymore And I say My bags are packed and my car’s out back and I’m a-leavin; You heard the back door slam and you started believin’ Oh, ‘cause you could not hear me then. Well the wind screamed and the rain fell and the mud rose and the flood came, But you fight for what’s yours until it goes ‘Till it’s gone
6.
Can’t Fall Asleep Words and Music by Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson The breeze and the curtains are doing their slow dance Darkness descends on the big world outside You’re lying beside me and I watch your breathing Your eyelids, the face that I know I can’t fall asleep when I’m by your side But I don’t want to wake up alone The quiet of nighttime is our tiny haven From the noise of the street and the cares of the day I want to protect you from all the world’s troubles With shelter in my loving arms I can’t fall asleep when I’m by your side But I don’t want to wake up alone I see you in springtime, the May that I met you I see you in winter, the end of our days I kiss you softly, you smile in your slumber It’s summer and I’m by your side I can’t fall asleep when I’m by your side But I don’t want to wake up alone No, I don’t want to wake up alone
7.
Pretty Saro 02:04
Pretty Saro Traditional, adapted from Jean Ritchie Down in some lone valley in a lonesome place Where the wild birds do whistle and their notes do increase Farewell, Pretty Saro I bid you adieu And I’ll dream of Pretty Saro wherever I go My love she won’t have me so I understand She wants a freeholder who owns house and land I cannot maintain her with silver and gold Nor buy all the fine things that a big house can hold If I were a merchant and could write a fine hand I’d write my love a letter that she’d understand I’d write it by the river where the waters o’erflow And I’ll dream of Pretty Saro wherever I go Down in some lone valley in a lonesome place Where the wild birds do whistle and their notes do increase Farewell, Pretty Saro I bid you adieu And I’ll dream of Pretty Saro wherever I go

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released August 15, 2017

2017 Jean Rohe (Laundry Line Music, BMI), Liam Robinson (Liamerica, ASCAP)

Jean Rohe (acoustic guitar and singing)
Liam Robinson (banjo, accordion, piano, brushes, and singing)
Hannah Read (fiddle)
Christopher Tordini (bass)
Kyle Morgan (resonator, acoustic, and electric guitars, additional vocal “Safe Harbor”)

Produced by Robinson & Rohe
Recorded by Danny Blume at Old Soul Studio
Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Art by Andrew Benincasa

Thanks to the Robinsons and the Rohes; to Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology and Blue Mountain Center for the gift of time and space; to the residents and visitors of Yggdrasil for companionship and spiritual nourishment (especially Andy Benincasa, Nikki-Lu Asselin, Sara Joy Marquez, Jess Serrante); Kathleen Sullivan and Blaise Dupuy, Michael Moricz, Mike Olson, and all the kind people who have fed and sheltered us on our journeys in exchange for a little music.

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Robinson & Rohe Brooklyn, New York

Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson were brought together a decade ago by a love of American folk song. In 2013, they began collaborating as cowriters, developing a repertoire of original music that now lives alongside the old songs they hold dear. Their performances evidence their care for fine song craft, detailed arrangements, and elegant harmonies. ... more

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