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If you have the rare fortune to see the Mother of the Waters, she will be beside the stream, about halfway up the rocky hillside.  She is cloaked in brown cloth, her hair hanging grey around her pinched, wrinkled face.  My encounter with her is the reason for this disgraceful state in which I find myself today.  So I advise you:  if you meet her, you must treat her and her creatures with kindness.  No matter what she says, no matter how she may vex you with her strange ways, show her reverence.  No matter how well you’ve been taught the language of greed and violence, lead with love, for you know that language, too.  The rewards are life and abundance.  The punishment is certain and severe.

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Birds tell of the coming flood
Clouds descend into fields of mud
The rain, the rain, the hurricane
Oh, the rain, the rain, the hurricane.

Give and take and the undertow
Arrive with your dinner or arrive down below
The salt, the roar, and the unseen shore.
The salt, the roar, and the unseen shore.

She who rocks you, she who can knock you down.

Late summer; the fields are cracked and dry
The river is low but the temperature is high
Oh, the river, the river, the life-giver
Oh, the river, the river, the life-giver

Count the steps from the village to the well
Count out your pennies or they’ll give you hell
Oh, the road, the road and a heavy load
Oh, the road, the road and a heavy load

She who rocks you, she who can knock you down.
And you so thirsty, you who’d drink her dry
Oh, there’s poison in her tears when the mother of the waters cries
You so greedy ‘till there’s nothing left to buy

Voda, paani, maya
Agua, agua, aqua, water
Maaji, una
Ob, su, nsuo, shue

Crystal bubbles flowing down the mountain
Better bottle it and sell it like your own private fountain
What’s mine is mine is mine is mine
What’s mine is mine is mine, that’s fine.

Turn the tap and you’ll hear a rush
Miracle of waters but you don’t listen much
To the water, the water to her sons and daughters
The water, the water talking to her sons and daughters

She who rocks you, she who can knock you down.
And you so thirsty, you who’d drink her dry
Oh, there’s poison in her tears when the mother of the waters cries
You so greedy ‘till there’s nothing left to buy

credits

from Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, released November 27, 2014
Jean Rohe – mandolin, guitar, lead vocals
Ilusha Tsinadze – acoustic and electric guitars, dobro
Christopher Tordini – acoustic and electric bass
Liam Robinson – accordion, keyboards
Skye Steele – violin
Rogério Boccato – percussion
Richie Barshay – percussion
James Shipp – vibraphone and percussion
And everyone sings.

Ljova Zhurbin – viola on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
Dave Eggar – cello on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11

Tony Hdez – radio announcer on 4

All songs by Jean Rohe
Produced by Jean Rohe & Liam Robinson

String arrangements on “Fisherman”, “Pacific Street”, “Water”, and “O Bright Star” by Liam Robinson.

“Who Shall...” incorporates part of a Russian children's song in translation, “May There Always Be Sunshine (Пусть всегда будет солнце)”.
Field recording in “Umbrella” from Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.

Recorded by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY
Additional recording by Oliver Straus at Mission Sound, Brooklyn, NY, and Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal

Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Illustrations by Melanie Chopko
Photo by Jen Painter
Layout and design by Ilusha Tsinadze

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Jean Rohe Brooklyn, New York

“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe has been captivating audiences for years with her one-of-a-kind narrative songs. Her writing concerns itself as much with the internal world as with the external. Her latest record, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, won three Independent Music Awards in 2014. ... more

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