Eleanor's House

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Despite being noble you always were
Sad as a dog that can’t find its way home
But I saw you smile back when you were a boy
I promised that I’d never leave you alone

We spent the summer at Eleanor’s house
Fishing for minnows and making up words
I broke a jar of honey on the kitchen floor
And your grandmother smiled ever so politely
I wanted to cry
But not around you

And I can’t remember the things that we used to pretend in those days
But I hope that wherever you are I’m on your mind always
Some say I’m wasting my time here by the windowsill
But I never knew better and I don’t think that I ever will

My sister was chasing your grandmother’s cat
Your brothers were building a house out of sticks
And us in the attic learning about lips
And you said you loved me
Or something silly like that

And all my new friends
Are no friends at all
And they don’t run around in the wind
And I still miss you like nobody’s business
And I don’t know how long it’s been

Since we held hands down at Eleanor’s house
And I promised never to leave you alone
And despite being noble
You always were
Sad as a dog that can’t find its way home


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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