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I don't know anyone in Memphis anymore
And when I wrote to tell you
That I found a place to stay,
Well, I'm afraid I lied.

Now it's three a.m., and when you call
I'll try hard not to mention that
I think the world would be much better
If your father died.

My uncle taught me how to stroke
A wineglass with my fingertips:
It takes a wet and gentle touch,
But finally it sings.

When I get to New York City,
I'll buy all of the blood oranges
And embroidered shirts they have,
And maybe then I'll buy a ring.

It's a long way home if you take Cemetery Road.
The bikers turn their lights on and the corner store is closing.
I can't say I know that our house will still be standing
When we get there if we get there, but it's good to think of home.

When we took Hector's taxicab,
He drove through Williamsburg,
And there I saw two Jewish boys in motion
Just about to kiss.

They were standing on the doorstep
With their black hats in their hands
And roses in the light above them. Dear,
Do you remember this?


Well, I'm in the bus stop now
With all my instruments and books
And I am hoping when I reach
Your father's house you'll be alone.

It was in this month a year ago
You first let me unbutton you:
Will you unbutton me?
Will you pick up the telephone?



from Where We Go, We Grow, released March 13, 2012



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Friendly Strangers Bronxville, New York

The members of Friendly Strangers came together at Sarah Lawrence College when front man Curtis McMurtry (banjo) assembled Liam O' Brien (fiddle), Max Mamis (accordion), and Lucy Kahn (bass) in September 2010. Since then, Friendly Strangers have developed a repertoire of songs regarding cosmopolitan angst, southern funerals, general bitterness and occasionally love (but usually not). ... more

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