Cresco, IA

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For Grandma Sir


It’s been two years, and two years been hard
His place at the table sits empty, she misses lying in his arms
The taxes and operations don’t make sense
She feels uprooted like they had to do with a couple miles of fence
That used to line the farm, arteries and proof of its function
59 years together, she stands alone now at this junction

But no grandson wants to hear his grandma say she’s lonesome
No grandma wants her grandson to see her less than strong
But no one wants to sleep alone all winter
6 months here in the Midwest, they last five months too long

The farm dog’s walk is stiff and arthritic, his coat now old and grey
There’s a plot set aside in the backyard for when he has to pass away
And she can’t bear the thought of her old friend’s imminent departure
Proof of the man that they both loved and followed through years and hardship
Each day this place changes more and more
Renter’s now tend the cropland, she can’t stand the bathroom floor
Where she sat him down for a haircut, and there came the palpitations
A part of their home now a scene of loss, and failed resuscitations

And every Grandma wants to hold her grandson’s hand
And every grandson wants to prove to her that he’s become a decent man
And all along these winters get no better
“My darling, these winters won’t last forever”

These winds blow in fast and they blow in cold
Until today I did not know how much this place was home
There’s a strength in you I can only hope grows in me
A hopeful part of our family’s history
The wind blew in today with such ease
I turn my head up from his gravestone amidst the fallen leaves
And though I’m not a man of God there’s nothing that I want more
Than when your final day comes he waits for you on Iowa shores
Than when your final day comes he waits for you on Iowa shores


from Elsewhere, released March 3, 2017



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Worst Days Down Edmonton, Alberta

A punk rock band based in Edmonton, Alberta. Initially started by vocalist/guitarist Ben Sir in 2011 as an acoustic project, it transitioned to a full band at the beginning of 2014.
Featuring members of notable Edmonton bands such as Audio/Rocketry, Fire Next Time and Desiderata, Worst Days Down aim to record, perform and tour as many places as possible.
New album 'Elsewhere' coming Fall 2016.
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