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Never before recorded or published.


Once I was a woman, once I was a wife
Once I wrote a bible, and once I took a life
Way past conversation or a decent sleep or two
When I laid my hands upon you, you knew just what to do
You couldn’t see me coming, all the light was in your eyes
Half of what you think you know you hardly recognize

You know that little mirror, the one you always pass
It hangs inside the doorway
Well that’s where you saw me last
I haven’t worried for a long time
And here’s how I decide
When I come upon a crossroad
I always take the ride

Cheatin’ hearts grow lonesome
You can always tell
Diamond earrings glitter
From the bottom of the well

Come in from the airport, the moon is shining bright
Over the feathered fields of Newark things are flying low tonight
I never check my luggage, so I couldn’t say for sure
But what I carry with me might not be mine no more

Pale fingers reach from nowhere to catch the small soft face
But when they lifted out the baby
No one was there to take his place

Once I was a woman, once I was a wife
I wrote this in my bible
And then I took my life


from One Way or Another, released October 14, 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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