featured lyrics

from "cowboys&aliens" , Spring 2018 

He was nine when he went walking 
Just as sure as he could be 
Books and dreams, they made it obvious 
Stars were in his destiny 
They said you should not be here 
People like you aren't for this 

Nevertheless, nevertheless 
He'd persist 

No other choice left in the rubble 
Ten in a dayboat built for two 
Seeking refuge to be human 
Like we're all entitled to 
They try to trip them as they run 
Resenting that they can exist 

Nevertheless, nevertheless 
They persist 

They march onward for their children 
They stand ground on sacred lands 
They read letters for the voiceless 
They hold outcasts by the hands 
Words forewarned in chamber halls 
Chastised for hers but not for his 

Nevertheless, nevertheless 
She persists 

I found a drumbeat I can dance to 
A dusty trail carved by my feet 
I've traveled farther going solo 
Resistance has sculpted me 
They try to put me in my place 
They try to tell me how it is 

Nevertheless, nevertheless 
I persist 

They hold fast to morning pledges 
In being all that they could be 
To uphold the inalienable rights 
Of the brave and the free 
But where's this land of the free 
If freedom's doled out from a list 

Nevertheless, nevertheless 
Please persist (2x) 

Nevertheless, nevertheless 
We persist 

-- words and music by Monica Uhm, (c) 2017

special unreleased featured tracks

"six years to zanzibar"

Monica released her first album, "Six Years to Zanzibar" as a songwriter's scrapbook in 2000.   It was recorded one summer over a series of late nights.   With one exception, each song is a live single-take, single-track recording of vocals and guitar.  Originally intended as scratch demos, these recordings are flawed.  But they are real and captures the spirit of the all-analog recording experience.  All words and music (c)2000 by Monica Uhm.  Recorded by Kenny Lienhardt at Sonic Studios NYC.  Found on CD Baby at  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/uhm and on iTunes under "monica uhm"