"Karen Koltrane" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
Karen's moving out
Out into the sky
Karen trips on a cloud
Sets down w stars in her eyes
She's alone in a room
She's deep inside of her mind
Karen's leaving for the snow
Somewhere to somewhere... blind
She cut the silver lining in my soul
I was tethered to her for a time
Are we still together?
Will she stay forever?
(will she stay?... beside...
Flashlight... Karen stay... etc.)
A Love Supreme
Karen, yr hanging on the line
Wraps yr coat tight around
Karen, yr eyes are on the prize
I'll catch you on my way down

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"Karen Koltrane" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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    General CommentNo comments here? I'll be the first then. I believe Karen Koltrane is an artist, who may have had some kind of connection with the band...I don't know...I wasn't able to find very much information when I googled the name...just some stuff about an exhibition. Most of my search results were lyrics to this song! Oh, by the way, I think it may have said the exhibition was called "Modern Women Cry, Modern Women Don't Cry" which is a line from "Female Mechanic Now On Duty" Hey what a coincydink...
    This must be a song about her, and a fine one too - some beautifully ethereal sound effects.
    wiggy52on August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn his "Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth", David Browne wrote that "Ranaldo also tackled Karen Koltrane (on A Thousand Leaves) about a lover from his college days who he learned had “a far less extraordinary adulthood” than he’d first imagined.
    aukanon July 28, 2015   Link

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