After the War

from Perfection At It's Best by Illiteratty

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After the war my limbs were sore I couldn't dance to the fiddle
My father lay down in his bed and didn't rise for thirteen years til he died
All the crops were stunted and brown, we couldn't drink from the wells
We had to go down to the gorge and carry up our buckets from the riverside

And is that enough?
Do you want some more?
Do you remember what all the anger was for?
We have lost the stars while keeping score
Can I convince you we don't need another war?

Our son was born without any eyes, we took the train to the city
And waited in line with a thousand families grieving out the door
The doctor's eyes were tired and grey, she said they poisoned the bombs
And every day I see a hundred children broken like yours

And is that enough?
Do you want some more?
Do you remember what all the anger was for?
We have lost the stars while keeping score
Can I convince you we don't need another war?

Some day, some day, some day we'll know
You will touch your bow to the fiddle string
And our child will know how to dance and sing

Now November rolls around, we wear our coats in the kitchen
We walled off a room and abandoned the rest of the house to winter tides
Hassan plays the violin, he has the voice of an angel
And sings with a group of traditional musicians from both sides

And is that enough?
Do you want some more?
Do you remember what all the anger was for?
We have lost the stars while keeping score
Can I convince you we don't need another war?
Can I convince you we don't want another war?

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from Perfection At It's Best, released July 27, 2019

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Illiteratty Vancouver, British Columbia

We play metafolk… meaning, original swing, European cabaret, celtic, rockabilly, a cappella, folk, world, pop, with sharp lyrics and up to five-part vocals.

Our instrumentation is for three to six musicians, and our full complement includes guitar, mandolin, violin, keys/accordion, upright bass and small percussion. Our music is funny, angry, idiosyncratic, intelligent, and extremely varied.
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