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Where the Lavender Grows

by Mya Byrne

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Sometimes it takes a long time for queer folks to find themselves, and throughout history, due to personal or structural oppression, we can’t always come out—we all have to find our way to that place at different times. Yet there are always folks who will be there for us, who will hold us when we get there, our ancestors and elders along the way guiding us to that garden where we can be free. This song is about letting queer folks who might not be ready know that there is a place for them at the end of the road where everything is in bloom and all of us are waiting with open arms and hearts.

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Where the Lavender Grows

I was told that freedom comes
From going through the narrowest place
We found each other on the way there
Felt like some kinda mutual grace
But there’s something pulling us in opposite directions
and you can’t predict anything for sure
But if we find our way to any shared tomorrow
There’s somewhere I think we should go

We’ve come together this far
Different paces on the same road
If we stray too much apart
Oh…Meet me where the lavender grows

There’s a stone wall facing sunset
In a field underneath an oak tree
If we get lost or distant
I’ll wait there til you find me
It won’t be hard to get there
It’s as east as you can go
On the island where I was born
Just north of the south shore

We’ve come together this far
Different paces on the same road
If we stray too much apart
Oh… Meet me where the lavender grows

It could be days, it could be months, it could be weeks
Just wait for winter to fade
I’ll come around in the early afternoons
When blossoms bloom in May
I’ll be there every day

No one really goes it alone
No matter how alone we think we are
You and me we’re just like everyone else
Just people trying to make a fresh start
we’ve gone through some of the hardest times
And that can make any distance seem true
But one day we might have a chance to stop running
And I’ll be there waiting for you

We’ve come together this far
Different paces on the same road
If we stray too much apart
Oh…Meet me where the lavender grows

Oh…Meet me where the lavender grows

Meet me where the lavender grows

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released May 13, 2022
Written by Mya Byrne

Produced and mixed by Gregory Lattimer at Make Sound Good, Nashville. Additional recording by Ed Varga at Tone Generator Studios, San Francisco and Swan Real, Oakland.

Guitars, bass, drums: Gregory Lattimer
Banjo: Swan Real
Organ, vocal: Mya Byrne

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Mya Byrne is a badass trans lady who will, who will, rock you.

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