Grief is the first song from Scott Pender's Two Raymond Carver Songs song cycle.

Date: 2013Text: Raymond CarverSong Collection: Two Raymond Carver Songs

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by Raymond Carver


Woke up early this morning and from my bed

looked far across the Strait to see

a small boat moving through the choppy water,

a single running light on. Remembered

my friend who used to shout

his dead wife’s name from hilltops

around Perugia. Who set a plate

for her at his simple long table after

she was gone. And opened the windows

so she could have fresh air. Such display

I found embarrassing. So did his other

friends. I couldn’t see it.

Not until this morning.


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Sheet Music

Two Raymond Carver Songs

Composer(s): Pender, Scott

Song(s): Grief, Happiness

Voice Type: Baritone

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