Lonely Heartstring Band - Phantom of Your Name

from by GennaRose Nethercott

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $1 USD  or more



Phantom of Your Name

The fire’s burning low & I can hear you
moving like a ghost within these walls
your handprints appearing on the windowpanes
in our abandoned halls.

There are moments I cannot remember
the way the air grew sweeter at your touch
but floorboards don’t forget the sound of those who walked
across them in the dusk.

A house is built of wood & stone
while we are built of flesh & bone
but ever since you walked away this house became
a phantom of your name.

Last night your voice rose slowly from the chimney
while I fed sycamore into the stove
& when I closed my eyes I almost could believe
that you’d returned, my love.


I sweep your final shadows from the corners
just to find they gather there anew
so I resign to feel your presence linger on
barely out of view.



from Modern Ballads, released January 29, 2018


all rights reserved



GennaRose Nethercott Somerville, Massachusetts

GennaRose Nethercott is the author of THE LUMBERJACK'S DOVE (Ecco/HarperCollins, forthcoming 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include A GHOST OF WATER (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection MODERN BALLADS. ... more

contact / help

Contact GennaRose Nethercott

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this track or account

If you like GennaRose Nethercott, you may also like: