Daily Alice has a special treat this halloween!
Childless Woman is not a new song, but has undergone various arrangements and formats before being ready to record. This arrangement takes shape with the exquisite musicianship of Jean-Christophe Lizotte and Ben Reimer; the intro and outro are covered in their fingerprints. Other elements of the arrangement, including the use of Motherless Child, the original spark for this song, happened in collaboration with Winnipeg’s Touching for a show earlier this year.
Recording and mixing was done by Omar Raafat at Mechanicland Studios in Montreal this September.
Jennifer Thiessen: voice, viola
JC Lizotte: cello
Ben Reimer: drums
-music and words by Jennifer Thiessen
You’re not a child, but you’re not a man.
Who will carry the burden of your silver head?
Childless woman never did the greatest thing a woman can.
You made some money and you had some fun.
All your big ideas kept you warm and fed,
But, childless woman, will your brainchild ever hold your hand?
You were so selfish, just to live some things you now forget.
While all your sisters mothered new life,
Childless woman never had to make the sacrifice.
* * *
Sometimes I feel like motherless child,
A long way from home.
Sometimes I wish that I could fly, like a bird up in the sky,
Up to that heavenly land.