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I watch those faces as I roll my groceries out
those smiling faces staring back at me
There are no traces this is all that we have left
the smiling faces at the Walmart where we shop

Where did they go
to the center of the universe
where the legends promised them a home
Were they chosen
by a higher power
to ascend to someplace better than right here
We can only hope
We can only hope

She was seven now she would be twenty-five
And I bet she wouldn’t wear those earrings now
Who would notice if they took her picture down
There’s still a void that no one else can fill

Where did she go
to the center of the universe
where the legends promised her a home
Was she chosen
by a higher power
to ascend to someplace better than right here
We can only hope
We can only hope

He was fifteen when he ran away from home
if you check it out that’s what the records say
His mom is certain that at least he would have called
She stops to watch his picture every day

Where did he go
to the center of the universe
where the legends promised him a home
Was he chosen
by a higher power
to ascend to someplace better than right here
We can only hope
We can only hope

We watch those faces as we roll our groceries out
but we don’t notice the hope that’s clinging there
Those are our children they are all that we have left
The love and longing the aching and despair

Where did they go
to the center of the universe
where the legends promised them a home
Were they chosen
by a higher power
to ascend to someplace better than right here
And if we look to the center of the universe
Will we find our sons and daughters there
We can only hope
cause the alternative is way too hard to bear
Let’s hope we find our sons and daughters there

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from Center of the Universe - Limited Edition, released August 14, 2023

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Sofia Talvik Gothenburg, Sweden

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk. She is a veteran performer with 8 original full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. ... more

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