Jessie Kilguss - Oh How Mysterious We Are

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Jessie Kilguss - harmonium, vocal
John Kengla on guitar
Susan Hwang - harmonies

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She bristles at the small talk
With the woman who braids her hair
While far off in some basement somewhere
Dike is gasping for air

Race never existed
Before she moved to America
Now it dogs her every move
The elephant in the room

She’d like not to think about it
But she doesn’t have that luxury
The weight in Dike’s words
When he says the President is black like me

Oh how mysterious we are
Propelled by a dream to wander far
And pulled back ever ceaselessly to what we know is ours
Oh how mysterious we are

Every step she takes in this foreign place (Bm, A, D,Bm)
She holds up against the past
Thinks of Obinze’s face
Obinze’s face

She waited with impatience
With a charged delight
Until they could watch the
Rain together
When he could stay the whole night

(possibly adding another verse here but possibly not::
sometimes things fall apart
just to come back together
and the people we grow up with
are the ones we love forever)

Oh how mysterious we are
Propelled by a dream to wander far
And pulled back ever ceaselessly to what we know is ours
Oh how mysterious we are

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from AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, released June 1, 2017

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The Bushwick Book Club Brooklyn, New York

We started in January 2009 playing songs written in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. We haven't stopped since. We've written & performed songs inspired by everything from "On The Origin of Species" to Dr. Seuss to Raymond Carver. There are BBCs popping up nationwide now. Bushwick Book Club Seattle started in 2010 & is run by Geoff Larson. Our nerdy dare-devilry knows no bounds. ... more

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