Volkshaus (Single)

by Lucy Roleff

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The first single from upcoming debut EP Longbows.


what is this here?
nestled in my arms
walking the dog is like a mime
dragging a rope along the council footpath
and the neighbours, mostly kind
pouring the dandelion wine
filling a box with thistle pies
and white peach stars

and it gets dark sometimes
working in a mine
filling a trough of sediment
knobbly mounds of diamond
and blood black stone
waiting for a whistle cry
watching a speckle breasted bird
a ribcage through a lens of earth

on a sunday you were mine
the orange morning curls
bringing the tea cake to my lap
filling a cup with peppermint
and clover pearl
as we step into the light
shaking the sugar from our coats
noticing where the woolly thyme
has grown in spurts

and though the walls grow damp
and yes they look diseased and strange
I hang tapestries
marble frames
I think that I do so for you

one day I will go underground
tell the master I have got a lead somewhere
a kitchen or a dock
punch the clock and prime the cart
I wonder what a diamond weighs
nestled in a pocket of earth


released May 21, 2013
Recorded, mixed & arranged by Tony Dupé at Abandoned Fireworks Factory.


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Lucy Roleff Melbourne, Australia

Lucy Roleff is a classically trained, folk musician from Melbourne. Born to a German Opera singer father and Maltese mother, she spent a childhood steeped in ornate European classical music, storytelling and folk styles.

"The focal point of Roleff’s music is, of course, her voice: this quavering, rather deep husk, that has the blunt European tongue of singers like Nico and Sibylle Baier"- Happy
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