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I'm Gonna Lose Again

from One Way or Another by Robin Holcomb

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From the song cycle O, Say a Sunset regarding the life and work of American environmentalist and writer Rachel Carson. A very private person, she struggled with being in the public eye. Her book Silent Spring, published in 1961was a bestseller and inspired, along with her testimony before Congress and in the media, the modern environmental movement and the founding of Environmental Protection Agency.


All of the true believers
Ever on their way
Dreaming of the day
The sky it is hot and it’s raining
Little pencil rolls down to the sea
I saw and I copied, recalling
I’m gonna lose again

Longing for a river
At the end of the day
Trees fill with laughing birds
And the tears roll down my face
How you like to look
When you want to be seen
Slamming the door, the curtains pulled closed
And the room swept clean

Cover your head and you’re holy
Walk with the women who do
The story that ends with forever
Go over and over it’s true
I liked when you said it was simple
I thought that you already knew
Take all of the weight of the world off your shoulders
But it’s much harder to

It’s winter again and it’s raining
Little pencil grows cold in my hand
Come with a coin and a bottle
Inviting fortune in
Cast away everything empty
You win every time in the end
Four letter words that were sent but unopened
I’m gonna lose again
I’m gonna lose again


from One Way or Another, track released August 9, 2022
Robin Holcomb - Piano and Voice


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Robin Holcomb Seattle, Washington

Robin Holcomb’s music has been called “staggeringly beautiful.” by the New York Times. Through her times sharecropping tobacco as a young woman, as an improvising pianist on New Yorks’ downtown scene in the 80s, and three decades of creating an utterly idiosycratic catalog of songs, Ms. Holcomb has created a singular canon as a composer. ... more

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