Penny Song

by Elizabeth Hummel

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Written in 1988 or 89 for my sister Penny, re-recorded 1/9/2017. Artwork by Penny Hummel, from "A Tale of Two Sisters"book she made for my birthday one year. The photo of us when we were about 19 and 21 or so.


I've known her sometime
In fact all of her life
And most of mine
Oh my sister so dear

And I think I can say
I know her pretty well
I think I can tell her
What seems to me so clear

She's got a river rushing deep inside
Dreams that really matter
When she follows them she finds
The river's flowing pattern

I've looked in her eyes
And I've felt her pain
And I feel it again
My sister so dear

And I've listened to her voice
It sounds so much like mine
I think it sounds fine
and clear

Sometimes in this world it's hard
To hear yourself
And you wonder do you matter?
But if you listen, you can tell
There really is a pattern

My sister comes to each day
With all her heart
She makes it a part of
A woven rug so fine
And like Penelope the weaver of old
She is so bold
To follow her own mind

In everyone's life
There are threads to unwind
And threads to bind
My sister so dear
And like this green spinning goddess
we live on
We work upon
The cloth of our years

And I want her to know
That she can be herself
How much she really matters
And we can see her loveliness
We can see the pattern


released November 10, 2017
Elizabeth: vocs and Mini-Taylor


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