Morning after Mourning

by Treya Lam

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America the beautiful Your streets are paved with blood and your river run with tears that flow To form a cleansing flood When they gun down our communities All we get are thoughts and prayers Politicians say what they want to say But still act like they don't care If you find the eye of the storm Hold on, hold on Don't you know it's always darkest before dawn So shine on shine on And we shake our heads at the news reports and say "this isn't who we are" Watching families get torn apart But I've seen this hate before And those who claim to love the holy one Go marching into war They have fallen for that silver tongue Cut me down to build a wall If you find the eye of the storm Hold on, hold on Don't you know it's always darkest before dawn So shine on shine on
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Remember that day When you realized That there is more to life Than what you know The colors grew bright As they kissed your eyes And brought the highest highs and lowest lows It was then when there was something left to lose But some days the only hues that come are blue Oooooh We could carry on Like birds that sing their song into The night Sapphire skies ring the morning in Ideas form within our blooming minds Oh what a sight To see the daffodils Break through the winters chill and melt the ice So occupy the streets and let them hear your voice For there are others Who are waking up to join Ooooooh We will be heard Like a flock of birds into The light
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I feel different I don't see anyone like me And I'm hearing all this talk of self love and I don't know what that means My back's in the corner I'm the only one in the room They tell me that a change is coming I hope it's coming soon Head under water and the waves are rough and I don't feel like I'm enough Oh I don't feel like I'm enough I am queer though I am quiet They were fighting for my right to be At the Stonewall Riots My joy is, My joy is my defiance United we rise Divided we fall We fly the flag that carries the colors of us all And we are resillient We are so strong But sometimes it's not easy To keep your head up tall You should know That you're enough Worthy of the light and love Worthy of the light and love We are Queer though we are Quiet And they were fighting for our right to be At the Stonewall Riots and our joy is Our joy is our defiance Our joy is our defiance Our joy is our defiance Our joy is our defiance

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Recorded live at Joe's Pub on December 17th 2019
Cover photo by Cindy Trinh

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released December 3, 2020

Piano: Ashni Davé
Cello: Serena Miller

Additional Vocals:
led by: Sound Brown
ArinMaya
Lauren Kelly Benson
Ann Marie Svilar Black
Charlotte Holst Douglas
Abena Malika Jutt
Gaby Moss
Jessi Olsen
Kate Quarfordt

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Treya Lam New York, New York

Treya Lam is a New York bred multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose cinematic songs and compositions are built on dynamic classically trained piano, ethereal vocals, meditative guitar and lush chamber-folk arrangements. Their debut album Good News was produced by Kaki King.

Treya is a Joe’s Pub Working Group resident and an active member of the Resistance Revival Chorus.
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