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The Letters

by Martha Reich

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The Letters 03:25
THE LETTERS I never seen you cry With the tears fall from your eyes I know you miss him so It was hard to let him go I saw them fall upon your cheek The words they hit you so deep Your daddy’s still not here He slowly disappeared He said be a good girl Fulfill your mothers’ wishes well Learn to dance and how to spell And be a good girl He said I’m sorry I can not be there To walk you from school Kiss you goodnight before you go to bed He said I’m sorry I have to be away But I still love you and miss you every single day He said be a good girl Listen to stories birds tell Go to sleep before the moon swells And be a good girl She read the letters to me Pieces of your history Scriptures from your daddy Written in 1943


My grandfather served as a Civil Engineer during World War II. He had written several letters to my mother in 1943, while he was stationed away from his home and family. During that time my mom was 7 years old. A few years ago my mother read some of those letters to me. Witnessing her tender sharing of her father's letters, as tears streamed down her face, inspired this song. My grandfather died of Alzheimer's, a disease which can create what is known as 'the long goodbye' for loved ones. I know it broke my mother's heart to watch her father's amazing talents and abilities fade away and disappear, along with his precious memories. I wrote this song in honor of my mother Sandra and her father Charles


released May 28, 2021

Music and Lyrics: Martha Reich
Vocals and Ukulele: Martha Reich
Fiddle: Enion Pelta-Tiller
Mandolin: David Tiller
Cello: Michael Kott
Mixed: David Tiller
Mastered: David Glasser at Airshow Mastering

Vocals and Ukulele Recorded and engineered at Moon Bird Studios
(c) 2020 Ascap


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Martha Reich Santa Fe, New Mexico

An award-winning Santa Fe-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Martha Reich is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

She is deeply inspired by nature and her unique style features an honesty and vulnerability that evokes “a sound almost woven out of the earth.”
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