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written by Sean Michael Robinson

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you said you'd remember this moment forever
to hold and to make you feel happy again
but I've never had that kind of peace with the past
and a photograph will always be sad

the corners are rounded on the celluloid scene
your father's open-eyed stare, his head in the mouth
of a blue concrete shark, teeth glistening white
signed, “Somewhere in Vegas. December. Love, Dad.”

you said you'd remember this moment forever
to hold and to make you feel happy again
but no matter how recent that moment is past
a photograph will always be sad

take out the chain, hold it up to your eye
and your friends are all there under the water park slide
six got to grow up, one had to die
but they're all still together, in color, inside

a photo's a token, a memento, a lie
that we sell to ourselves at the loneliest times
still it helps us remember as the seasons slide by
that once we existed, that we too were alive

you said you'd remember this moment forever
to hold and to make you feel happy again
and now that I've met you I might understand
that a photo won't always be sad
that a photo doesn't have to be sad

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from Comfort, released September 7, 2016
Sean Michael Robinson — vocals, guitar, piano
Rachel Erin Robinson — fiddle
Mara Sedlins — viola

Recorded, produced and 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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