The Migrant Mother

from Palimpsest by Protest the Hero

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Our new album PALIMPSEST is out now. Merch/Vinyl - bit.ly/2OCeDdx

lyrics

“My sisters and brothers they hated so bad
To see me go west like someone gone mad
To leave all my loved ones and kiss them goodbye
Just hoping I’d see them in the sweet by-and-by.”

California promised heaven
(All the leaves are brown)
A heaven we could not deny
(And the sky is grey)
But the dust we’re running from still stalks us in the night
And all we’ve found is a bitter lie

With our lives on our backs, beat a path in the earth
Just hoping that we’d find blue skies and work
The farmlands and sawmills worked fine for a time
But with the father’s death came our decline

He that would the daughter win
Must with the mother first begin
Diligence is the mother of good luck
Diligence is the mother of good luck

They don’t need to know my name
Hide their faces, spare my children the shame
They don’t need to know my name
Hide their faces, spare my children the shame

Where is the children’s father?
Sacrificed on or left to the altar
Where is the life I was promised?
Best left unasked and best left unwanted
How did they end up here?
What are they going to do?
How did they end up here?
What are they going to do?

He that would the daughter win
Must with the mother first begin
Diligence is the mother of good luck
Diligence is the mother of good luck

California promised heaven
(All the leaves are brown)
A heaven we could not deny
(And the sky is grey)
But I’ll deny most anything
Rags and riches, gods and kings
Just need to feel the wheels underneath me

credits

from Palimpsest, released June 18, 2020
ALL MUSIC BY PROTEST THE HERO

Rody Walker - Vocals
Luke Hoskin - Guitars
Tim MacMillar - Guitars
Mike Ieradi - Drums
Cam McLellani - Bass
Orchestral Arrangement / Production - Milen Petzelt-Sorace

PRODUCED BY: Derya Nagle
VOCAL PRODUCTION AND ENGINEERING: Anthony Kalabretta
DRUM PRODUCTION, ENGINEERING AND EDITING: Dean Hadjichristou
ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING AND EDITING: Darren “Jeter” Magierowski & Jill Zimmerman
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION AND MIXING: Simon Grove
MASTERING: Ermin Hamidovic
ARTWORK: Martin Wittfooth

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