Family Pictures

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lyrics

Silver flaking off the paper
Hard and silent in the hall
The house is cold and we are shivering
As August crumbles into fall

The family gathers in the parlor
We're strangers now the years are gone
There's nothing says that we are family
Except the pictures on the wall

They're hanging still the family pictures
Our little tombstones on the wall
The silver's flaking off the paper
Better versions of us all

Remember planting up the wind break?
The kids all dug without a spade
The skinny pines like crooked dancers
Are giants now, gone stiff with age

The way an old man sets to wonder
The way a child forgets a harm
Is nothing like the way we've settled
We drift and smile and then we're gone

The rye's not ready for the reaper
The stars are begging off the dawn
Branches try to reach and flee
But the roots hold on

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from The Old Sisters' Home, released December 10, 2011

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