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Written circa 2009 - a tough year for me. I wrote and re-wrote this song many times, with different choruses, different lyrics, different sentiments. I've finally landed on this version: an expression of gratitude for the 26 years I had with my mom.

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Mother, since you have known me
I have grown, I have changed
I have scars you will never see

Where are the sirens
for our tragedies?
Don't let them fade away

For 26 years I knew your love
Hallelujah
And I will try to love as you loved
Hallelujah

Frightful, the slow unravel
The anchor undone, the sickness unnamed
No, I will never accept this change

As time pulls you further from me
I keep a candle burning within
That I will someday see you again

For 26 years I knew your love
Hallelujah
And I will try to love as you loved
Hallelujah

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from Look Back, Carry On, released May 7, 2021
Performed by Chris Kiehne and Sonya Cotton

Recorded in Towson, MD and Salt Lake City, UT

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