Acorn Armies

from by The Summer Januaries

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Written by Rachel Erin Robinson


you emptied your pockets of acorn armies
lined up to the ocean shore
you built them a galleon, a ship made of leaves
to carry them off to war

the wind on the water was stirring the sea
the enemy drew their swords
with dandelion canons, they fought so bravely
then sank to the ocean floor

you wanted to save them
you wished you could fight
you wanted an answer
they're gone

eleven years later you woke up early
to pace up and down the floor
you watched your reflection saluting a stranger
alone in his uniform

the smoke in the mountains, the steel on the rails
approaching, the engine roars
we stood on the platform awaiting the train
that would carry you off to war

I wanted to save you
I wished I could fight
I wanted an answer
you're gone

I wanted to make you an image of me
to wish upon and hold
so the moon and the stars and their mother above me
would carry you safely home
would carry you safely home
would carry you safely


from Comfort, released September 7, 2016
Rachel Erin Robinson — vocals, fiddle
Sean Michael Robinson — vocals, guitar
Dave Bush — drums
Mitch Ebert — banjo
Ben Fox — bass

Recorded and produced by Tim Franklin and Sean Michael Robinson. Mixed by Sean.



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The Summer Januaries San Diego, California

Rachel Erin Sage - vocals, fiddle, guitar, piano
Sean Michael Robinson - vocals, guitar, piano

The Summer Januaries formed as a busking duo in Seattle, injecting fiddle tunes into harmony laden arrangements of their favorite songs. These inventive arrangements soon became the defining element of their sound. They have continued writing original music, performing throughout the world.
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