So Far, So Close

by Phia

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“So Far, So Close” is an homage to Berlin, my home for the last 4 and a half years, and a reflection on my connection to the city my Jewish grandfather was forced to flee.

All proceeds up to Christmas will go to “Give Something Back to Berlin”, an organisation helping newly arrived migrants in Berlin (givesomethingbacktoberlin.com).

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I’m living in the city where my grandfather was born.
Where he walked, the first years of his life.
I wander and I hear the language that he spoke,
And it takes me back to when I was a child, when I was a child.

I had to come so far, to feel so close.
I had to come so far, to feel so close.

How far do you have to go before you find your way back,
how far do you have to go before you find your way back home?

I’ve visited the house where my grandmother grew up.
From photographs I recognise a chair, a chest of drawers.
I look out the window and I see the view she saw,
And it takes me back to when I was a child, when I was a child.

I had to come so far, to feel so close.
I had to come so far, to feel so close.

How far do you have to go before you find your way back,
how far do you have to go before you find your way back home?

I know I’ll never see them again,
I’ll never be a child again, go back to that time again.
I’ll never set foot in their amazing cities,
their terrible cities, industrial cities.

I had to come so far, to feel so close.
I had to come so far, to feel so close.
(I’m living in the city, I’m living in the city where my grandfather was born.)

How far do you have to go before you find your way back,
how far do you have to go before you find your way back home?

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released November 12, 2015

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Phia Berlin, Germany

Phia is the entrancing DIY-art-pop music project of multi-instrumentalist songwriter and composer Sophia Exiner.

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