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A collection of Penelope's less-than-patient thoughts while waiting for Odysseus to get the heck home, already.


God bless her, my mother, while thinking of lonely me
And trying to help bought me the highest pedigree
Of fictionalize, scientific sex magazines
That shock and amaze the whole world with their accuracy
And it’s not that I’m one for pity or jealousy
But I’ve been at this loom since 1993

Before you had left you carved our bed around a tree
The last night we made love for a shorter eternity
But I don’t have faith in lifetimes or bureaucracy
And I’ll never know why you’re so fucking nature-y
So I guess I’ll have to sit here imagining
Why for twenty years you’ve been gone and blown out to sea

I don’t want to disappoint you
I’ll hold my breath till my face turns blue
Cuz you asked me to

Oh brave gallant warrior you’re lost in your artistry
And taking your time is just not a nice way to be
Regardless, I’ll wait here, and smile so happily
While the inside’s turning black-and-green crazy
The suitors at the door are unraveling the tapestry
Although let’s be real, none of them really love me

So when I’m not busy I read all those magazines
Though your face is in all the papers and TV screens
Wherever you are, with whoever you please
This isn’t me begging, I’m not on my knees
There’s no lying, no cheating, I won’t stoop to pleading
This queen is a coward, but the waiting is killing me

I don’t want to lead the poor fools on
I’ll be patient, I will keep us strong
I am fine, I am fine, and there’s nothing wrong!
I am fine, I am fine and there’s nothing wrong!
Twenty years you’ve been at sea
Who do you fuck when you’re not fucking me?

I don’t want to disappoint you
I’ll hold my breath till my heart turns blue
Cuz you asked me to...
Cuz to asked me to
Because you asked me to
You asked me to
You asked me to
You asked me to
You asked me to


from Persephone Is Dead, Long Live Persephone!, released September 24, 2015
Dogwood: vocals, tenor ukulele
Nathaniel Johnstone: guitar
Adam Bratman: guitar
Erik Brown: bass
Tom Coyne: drums



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Dogwood Seattle, Washington

Hailing from the hedge and loam of Seattle's undergrowth, this chimerical songbird aims to weave historical and wax hysterical in the old-new traditions of mountain men, shantymen, and her fellow men as she tromps and twirls acro'st both ancient myth and accidental malady. This little troubadour delights in bringing life to the voices of the past, so come and share a pomegranate seed or two! ... more

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