your broken back (rough, outtake from 'songs without a home'

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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rough/outtake that didn't make it onto 'songs without a home.'


the braid of your back
is too close to the skin
bone hard as fact
cord next of kin
isn't it remarkable
we don't just fall apart
with your broken back
and my broken heart

they piece us together
bone at a time
woolly mammoth
for any given skeleton
somewhere there's a chart
of your broken back
and my broken heart

(i don't know any better than you why a body would turn on someone
i just know that it's done. i've just seen it)

all hooked up
tendon and pin
vast bloody rivers
prairies of skin
and all the bits and pieces that don't come a la carte
make your broken back
and my broken heart

go on take a picture
show me what's wrong
i don't look so different
from anyone
a critical omission
a poisonous dart
and your broken back
and my broken heart


released January 5, 1949
rachel taylor brown, guitar & singing
recorded by jeff stuart saltzman (rough only)



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Rachel Taylor Brown Portland, Oregon

Rachel was born and lives in Portland with her beloved husband Jay and makes disturbing yet ultimately sensible songs you can sometimes dance to.

She sees loads of ugly and beauty in the world. Trying to capture that sweet and sour thing in a song is what she’s mostly trying to do.

She records with audio midwife and dear friend Jeff Stuart Saltzman and his cats.

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