My Sister's Hand in Mine

(1984)

"My Sister's Hand in Mine" was first published in 1984. Bowles indicates that the song is to be sung "as if shouted."

My Sister's Hand in Mine
by Jane Bowles


I dreamed I climbed upon a cliff,
My sister's hand in mine.
Then searched the valley for my house,
But only sunny fields could see
And the church spire shining.


I searched until my heart was cold
But only sunny fields could see,
And the church spire shining.


A girl ran down the mountainside
with bluebells in her hat.
I asked the valley for her name.
But only wind and rain could hear.
And the church bell tolling
I asked until my lips were cold.
But wakened not yet knowing
If the name she bore was my sister's name
or if it was my own.


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