Zina Lahr

by Doctor Jon

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Song part of 52 Weeks Project Inspired by Stephen Poff. This song is about Zina Lahr, a singular person whose short life I heard about recently. You should definitely google her.


Zina Lahr

brought a pair of wedding rings
she made in Denver
on a train to California
called the Zephyr
then from Barstow, San Diego, on to L.A.
she found a world that needed her

and I'd love to see
what she would make
what she'd adore
she'd be 24

aviator goggles, parasols, and feathers
paired with switches, wires, and solder
were her canvas
everywhere she went the boys
would try to meet her
and then realize that she was

the eleventh muse
somehow crashing through
the mortal coil
she'd be 24

turned down the brass ring
for her grandmother
who needed her in Ouray, Colorado.
so she hiked the trails
built robots and collected
bits of moss and stones and fossils

what impresses me
is her priorities
she loved grandmother more
she'd be 24

in a blood-red shirt
made smoothies and potatoes
for her grandmother then went to run some errands
that she glorified by stopping in the mountains
when she didn't show by night

everyone started out
to search for her
in the falling snow
she'd be 24

Cascade Falls is where she died
We saw her pictures and we cried
The earth is getting very tired
The earth is getting very tired

I'm so glad I heard her story
and I'm waiting
for the resurrection so that I can
meet her
and see what's been on her mind
in the meantime
as she masters her craft

after 1000 years
and no more tears
she will build much more
than she did by 24


released March 16, 2014
Cover art made use of icon "Umbrella" by Tommy Lau from The Noun Project. All lyrics and music by Doctor Jon (Jonathan Barlow). All instruments performed by Doctor Jon.



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Doctor Jon Starkville, Mississippi

I make music at home with one microphone, a few guitars, an old drum set, and a macbook.

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