Good Times

by Emily Haavik & the 35s

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50% of the proceeds from this track, beyond the cost of production, will go to the Karen Organization of Minnesota through the month of June. The song was inspired by the refugee experience and the limbo of missing the "good times" and not knowing if they will ever return. That experience is detailed powerfully in the book "Little Daughter," the memoir of Karen refugee and activist Zoya Phan.



I’m filling up the buckets
So let it rain, oh let it rain
We’ll keep it for the winter
Till it all gets washed away
And didn’t you tell me
It would get better every day
But I’m filling up the buckets
Just in case

I’ll sing you something simple
Not enough to make you cry
Maybe just a melody
Just to make the time go by
If this is just a movie
Then the credits never lie
So I’ve been filling buckets making sure we don’t run dry

Remember in the springtime
Mama laughing on the lake
I saw it all this morning
It was as real as I could take
Tell me something darling
She wouldn’t visit me that way...
Don’t you think the good times must be coming back to stay?


released May 20, 2020
Words, music, vocals, acoustic guitar: Emily Haavik
Mixing, keys, electric guitar: Dave Mehling
Fiddle: Alyssa Mesedahl


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