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Sevenwater

by Half Gringa

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Sevenwater 02:47

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Lyrics:

Trapped in amber
My beloved, dancing
On a slender edge
Hold tight and tender
Half-revealed I sense the dullest deep surrender

Sevenwater
Slushy silt somehow the center of the roses
I am carried through the room
Like silence chose me
Stick a pin into the wheel to stop it spinning
Sighing try to rid the waste intrusion
I feel a chill and am it, goddamnit
Smiling faces tell me somehow keep on going
And now it’s snowing

Waking often
Once I believed so beautifully in the illusion
I wish you’d never come to me to take the blindfold
I didn’t let you in, no, I would never choose this
You treat sorry like a swear and take all you can carry
But one ancestor woke up, shivering and sleepy
Was she so silent for a reason that disproves me?
Her force is coming so you’d better get to leaving
Was she unhappy?
Is this a reason?

Artist note: Recently, I have been experiencing a very intense fear of the end of the world. I think what it really means is I am having trouble visualizing the future. Any time someone asks me about it, I feel paralyzed. I read a lot of fantasy books to soothe myself in the past two years (including Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series) and keep thinking about my ancestors and how they might have dealt with the changing of their worlds. Did they dream of escaping somewhere despite not knowing what the outcome might be? Or was it the hardest thing in the world to leave everything they knew, would they have preferred to stay where they were and watch everything around them change beyond recognition? I sense that this fear in me is very old and predates my existence. This song helped me explore it and think about my personal addition to its legacy.

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released August 31, 2021

Song by Isabel Olive

Co-produced by Isabel Olive and Nick Papaleo

Arrangements/Performances:
Isabel Olive: Piano, guitar, synths
Abby Black: Drums
Ivan Pyzow: Trumpet

Recorded by Abby Black at Audiotree and Isabel Olive at home
Mixed by Nick Papaleo
Master by Greg Obis at Chicago Mastering

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Half Gringa Chicago, Illinois

Emerging from Chicago’s indie music scene, Half Gringa creates music informed by contemporary indie-rock and Latin American and midwestern folk. The name Half Gringa is both a tribute to and study of her legacy, stemming from a childhood term of endearment as “la Gringa” in her Venezuelan family and her bicultural experience growing up in the United States.

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