Turn the Page

by Lys Guillorn

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Written and recorded for "Missing Links", a multi-media art exhibit curated by Catherine Vanaria at the Institute Library in New Haven, Connecticut, and on view from from October 18 through November 29, 2014. The twelve contributors were asked to submit work based on an anonymous European found photo album from between the world wars.


When you see my face,
you will not know my name.
When you see my face...

In your hands, I have emigrated.
The picture's clear but the memories have faded--
how I lived not how I died;
when I laughed, not how I cried.


With Marguerite at the gate;
the dog and the lemonade.
The empty squares, the monuments;
the marches and the parades.

We laid a wreath on Frankie's grave.

He was in the Somme
when I no longer lived at home.
He was so damn young.

With sisters sentimental, brothers fond...
but none of us had children we could hang our lives on.
We gallivanted round the world,
which we had the means to do.

If you don't like what you see,
change the details of my history.

My history...

Just turn the page--
turn the page,
turn the page,
turn the page.

Look at me,
what do you see?
I could be one of your great-great grandparents.
Or maybe you
don't like my face,
I might've hurt someone who hurt someone you love.

Oh, don't be sad,
I had a good life, baby.
Aren't you glad
we took pictures of everything?
I was loved,
and sometimes happy.

How does it feel to be lost?
How does it feel to be lost?
(I'm not lost,
the losing's for you,
if you think about it.)

How does it feel to be lost?
How does it feel to be lost?
(I'm not lost,
I'm not lost.)

Turn the page,
turn the page,
turn the page,
turn the page.


released October 18, 2014
Written, played and recorded by Lys Guillorn @ 2014 (Little Wren/BMI), Little Cowgirl Records LC005

acoustic (c. 2003 parlor Larrivée ), electric (1972 Fender Mustang), and 12-string guitars (1968 Gibson B-25 12), vocals, Hammond XK-2. Recorded at Cowgirl Central in October 2014.


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Lys Guillorn New Haven, Connecticut

Lys Guillorn is an alt-folk-psych-rock troubadour, songwriter, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist from Connecticut.
Her songs are dreamy, lyric-driven, melodically interesting, and undefinable. Guillorn has been on bills with: Laura Cantrell, Amy Rigby, Scout Niblett, The Handsome Family.

Live she's solo, or w/ Julie Beman - keys/vox, Eric Bloomquist - bass/vox and Peter Riccio - drums/vox.
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