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Rio Grande

from Zephyrus by The Oh Hellos

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somewhere down south of here
there's a woman with an armload of grass
weaving a basket
that'll float the Rio Grande
she'll send her baby on it
the river running wild and fast
to curry the favor
of whatever pharoah owns the land

a seed of an idea, like mustard greens
like newborn fingers,
curled and half asleep

from her mouth, a vineyard
of swears and hallelujahs entwined,
a new wine is vinted
a blend of sweet commandment

oh, to hell with the semantics
the camel and the cable confide
the eye of a needle
is tall enough to stand inside

a seed of an idea, like mustard greens
like newborn fingers
curled and half asleep
awake with a thunder from underneath
stretch up and reach through
the hardest part of me

may all our tinfoil idols
lay crumpled on the ground
and our pre-fab Olympus
divided by the thousand
oh, maybe I’m naive for thinking
that a mountain so stubborn can move
but if I’m a mountain moving
I think maybe you can be, too


from Zephyrus, released October 16, 2020


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The Oh Hellos began in a cluttered bedroom, where siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath recorded their self-titled EP in 2011. In the fall of 2012, the sibling duo released their debut full-length record Through the Deep, Dark Valley, an album full of regret and redemption, which they wrote, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered themselves. ... more

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