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Part I: Persephone

from Ocean​-​Born Mary by Karen & the Sorrows

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I was born upon the sea
On a ship bound for America
And though my mother fled a famine
Her hunger bled into my heart

It’s a birthright that I bear
Even in this life beyond the flesh
The pound and strum, the beat and hum
The hunger song of my heart

It’s calling
From the underground
Oh the sweetness of the falling
Darling, take me down

Was I spared or was I marked?
Was I called to haunt or called to grace?
No milk could chase that darkest taste
The hunger sown into my heart

Could it be this
Could it be just one lonesome kiss
Will you take me down?
Could it be this
A drop of poison for my lips
Will you take me down?


from Ocean​-​Born Mary, released June 28, 2012


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