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Vera’s Return (D. Barney)

Vera lost her nerve
Before the knot was tied
And there would be no wedding day
And no reluctant bride
Barefoot daughter of a Doukhobor
Peeling apples on the kitchen floor
Sons of Freedom whispering her name

Vera burned her playhouse down
In a field of dandelions
Charlie had a big idea
And a jar of cherry wine
Something growing deep inside
Charlie Thunders was petrified
And Vera had some ideas of her own

Rumour has it that you can’t get there from here
And when you reach the end you quietly disappear
The family’s in disgrace and the neighbours are concerned
But all will be revealed when Vera makes her return

Vera found her name
On a wall down at the pier
Her mother’s mother’s mother
She disembarked right here
Packed her babies and she headed west
That first winter was quite a test
Springtime came and the apple blossoms raged

Vera stands alone
Upon this eastern shore
The Old Country ain’t what it was
But the new one’s looking worn
Books her passage and stows her trunk
Full of memories and other junk
Sheds a tear and blames it on the wind

Vera’s counting stars
Beneath the Russian sky
Gave birth to a baby girl
With Charlie Thunders’ eyes
The two of them in a one-room flat
On a feather bed, imagine that
Homemade curtains and they ain’t comin’ back

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from Tactical Unit of Rock / Summerpool, released March 20, 2018

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