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Deathbed lullaby; a love song to the ones we loved before we knew it. This song was written to soothe my loved ones' pain of loss. We've all lost skin and sleep along the way-


Sleep, mother sleep
your children are around you
memories surround you and your brother is alright
the jungle did not harm him
the prayers did not alarm him
as they melted into silent early sleep, mother sleep

Sleep, father sleep
the land you left forgot you
there’s still some folks to talk to and your son is by your side
the printer loved you dearly
as he sang so sweet and clearly
in the churches of the prairie where we sleep, father sleep

Sleep, daughter sleep
your quiet heart is restless
tied up and defenseless and your smile is so bright
what riches are you seeking?
when pen and ink are leaking
onto pages that will make the monster sleep, daughter sleep

Sleep, brother sleep
your words are meant for fighting
your laughter rings of righting all the wrongs that held you tight
your parents do not own you
the future cannot loan you
night time visions for your waking hours of sleep, brother sleep

Sleep, lover sleep
your dreams will come tomorrow
we will not have to borrow any sunshine from the sky
the moon is softly shining
as our days they are unwinding
from the spool of everlasting, silent sleep
lover sleep, brother sleep, father sleep, daughter sleep, mother sleep


from Losing Things, track released September 13, 2019
Mark Schirmacher - vocals, acoustic guitar
Michael McGarthwaite - electric guitar
Carrie Boberg - vocals
Chriss Mester - piano

Recorded at Winterland Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 2018 - March 2019

Produced by Christian Andrews and Mark Schirmacher
Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Christian Andrews
Assistant Engineering by Zachary Schilling and Kosh
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Microphonic Mastering, Minneapolis, Minnesota

All songs written by Mark Schirmacher ©2019 CATINABOX (ASCAP)


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Mark Schirmacher is an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. For information on bookings or collaborations, visit www.markschirmacher.com.

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