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Let the Baby Cry

from Happy Enough by Life in a Blender

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"Let the Baby Cry" takes its lyrics directly from a poem by Emily Pérez. She is the author of House of Sugar, House of Stone and Backyard Migration Route. She teaches English and gender studies in Denver where she lives with her husband and sons.


You cry real tears—Cry baby, cry baby

In the kitchen crib as I write in the bedroom at one end of our home
Your father plays a steady bass to counterpoint clocked by metronome
And you can hear him as can we all
And wonder why he does not rush to hush your howling

You don't say much in fact you're nearly powerless
Except to hear your voices different tones
Want and need and urgency—a steady rise

With each fall I hope you've given up on us
Trust that in the morning we will be right by your side
Bright and nurturing

But night is the time when we hide and fill our hands
With all the things the day does not allow
A pen, a page, piano keys—and selfishness—its low and keening call
Let the baby cry its low and keening call.


from Happy Enough, released August 30, 2017


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For over 30 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Ralph's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle. ... more

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