Knitting Needles

from by Adrienne Anemone

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listen for the bell you’ll learn it well
the doctrines of our handsome gaol
better hold your tongue and mind yourself
less you spoil your health
chained to the wall of a concrete tomb
voices in the hall warn of infinite doom
maybe I pinched some pennies but there really wasn’t any other way to feed the babies crying dawn til morn’
when you hear the bell it’s time to tell
the harms that brought you to our gaol
the lord is here to see (and so are we)
that your punishment is fit
I was shorn like the lamb of the antichrist
all my dresses tossed away to be eaten by the mice
is it really necessary to be kept in a cold and scary place
because I chose to end the wretched life inside my belly
when the bell does sound we’ll come around
matrons and doctors of the town
we really want to see you hysterically
so do put on a show
knitting needles drew me an excellent plan
I could lose this baby but still sew gloves for that one’s hands
life is hard and cold and if I’s to as I’m told we’d be
buried six feet under snow and hunger hopes and spirits wrecked asunder
without a blessing on our soul
the evening bell tells you to bow
confess your sins and repent them now
meek as a child we’ll mold you mild
break your wills and bend your smiles
you had better put away those feminine wiles
for we all know that you murdered your child


from Buttons & Keys, track released March 3, 2012



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Adrienne Anemone Brooklyn, New York

Adrienne Anemone, former ringleader of Mimicry Records' The TunaHelpers, is the lullaby banshee that visits Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Adrienne Sneed, in her slumber. Operatic vocals and gentle guitar pickings tug at the listener's heart through thoughtful ruminations on fear, Christianity, child abuse, eating disorders, witchery, bravery and utter despair. ... more

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