Epilogue (single)

by Anita Ranae

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This song is for the many people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s who I have worked with as a nurse and home care aide, who have seen so much life and are now dependent on those of us who are so much younger and less experienced than they. May we learn to ask better questions, listen genuinely, and honor their legacies.


How many hours in a day?
After ninety-eight years, they all start to look the same
Prolific as words on a page
From the stories that sigh on shelves kept by aides

How does it feel to live in the epilogue
And depend on characters in chapter three?

How many hours in a day?
In ninety-nine years, that's one thing that hasn't changed
Now you're wrinkled and rosy and grey
That sepia girl just a face in a frame

How does it feel to live as an open book
Passed by younger folks who don't stop to read?

How does it feel to be mother and wife but no longer a daughter or friend?
How does it feel to look back on your life and know you're only pages from the end?
Is this how you thought it would end?

Now your one hundred years are a day
Your pages lie closed in a cold glass display
There are stories you never did say
But somehow I know you'll tell me someday.


released September 16, 2016
Written by Anita Sherbeck
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Michael Becze
Anita Sherbeck: vocals, acoustic guitar
Michael Becze: piano
Sarah Hinkle: viollin
Emily Swets: cello
Amanda Halash: background vocals
Zachary Ramirez: drums



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Anita Ranae Grand Rapids, Michigan

Thoughtful, faith-tinged acoustic indie folk that celebrates the everyday with a light dose of poetry and a heavy dose of strings.

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