In the night I hear the rain
Think of how she said my name
Something about the sound of falling water
How I never felt quite her daughter

All signs lead back to mother
To remind and recover
More to a book than its cover
If I only turn the page

Don’t go in past your knees
Tide might take you away
Ota sin svetog duha
The words we learned to pray
Caution was her superpower
After all she couldn’t swim
Fear a shield of protection
Hope’s dark twin

All signs lead back to mother
I couldn’t help but reflect her
But a mirror could not protect her
And a frame can be a cage
Tejee graja mala
All us bad little girls
Just might grow into women
Who can heal the whole wide world

All signs lead back to mother
To remind and recover
Choose to resent or forgive her
Go ahead now, turn the page


from The Department of the West, released December 6, 2019
words & music by Deborah Crooks (ASCAP)
Acoustic guitar, vocals: Deborah Crooks
Electric guitars: Danny Allen
Bass: Kevin T. White
Drums: Mike Stevens
Backing vocals: Maryam Qudus


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Deborah Crooks Alameda, California

"Deborah Crooks makes the case for a return to the roots of rock"- Consequence of Sound
California-based songwriter Deborah Crooks' music draws on folk, rock, and the Blues. Her diverse, ever-evolving artistic path has included studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice in India, co-founding the band Bay Station, and gigging throughout the Western US. ... more

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