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The Blessing Song by Olivia Brownlee (Cover)

by Rory Michelle Sullivan

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Hear Olivia's original recording as #18 of her Songography at soundcloud.com/olivia-brownlee/18-the-blessing-song or www.patreon.com/posts/18-blessing-song-4871428.


The Blessing Song by Olivia Brownlee

God bless the collector who's calling
God bless the gathering weather
God bless the hole I might fall in
if I can't pull myself together

God bless the folks who might pass me by
should I mislay a dollar or three,
and when I'm so poor that I can't even pray,

God bless the friends who have loved me
God bless the hearts I have broken
God bless the ways they might judge me
God bless the things left unspoken

and God bless the miles of stories between us
whose endings I might never see,
and when I'm so sorry that I can't even speak,

'Cause what good is a person who's waitin' on blessings
and bitter as bergamot tea?
Impatient, bewildered, entitled, and worried...
what good is she? She's no good to me.

So God bless the bridges I'm building
and God bless the mouths at my table
and God bless the roaches* I'm killing
God bless my willing and able

and God bless my mother, and God bless my father,
without them don't know where I'd be.
And when I'm so tired that I can't even sleep,


*Olivia gave her blessing for me to sing "mice" as they are what I have the most recent real-life experience with killing. RIP Victoria and Petunia. With thanks to Olivia for her blessing to cover one of my favorite songs of hers.


released August 10, 2023
Acoustic guitar, stand up bass, backing vocals, song: Olivia Brownlee
Percussion: Andy Bennett
Vocals: Rory Michelle Sullivan
Goulash: Madeline McNeill

Recorded and mixed by Andy Bennett at Muted Fuzz Studios in Spokane, WA

Cover image:
Spokane's Gathering Weather by Rory Michelle Sullivan


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Rory Michelle Sullivan Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter, composer, musician, and educator whose work explores relating to ourselves, others, and a spiritual Source in healthy, authentic, creative, and constructive ways.

She has recorded and performed her songs internationally, from parlor rooms in Jerusalem to bars in Vienna to Jimmy’s No. 43 in NYC’s East Village.

Her favorite letter is "p."
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