The Atom Bomb

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Joan Hinton, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atom bomb, but spent most of her life as a committed Maoist working on dairy farms in China…”

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6. The Atom Bomb (Joan Hinton, 1921-2010)

By day on the mesa, by night on the lab, they were building the chamber. As the sky pulled up inward she was pressed to the sand, like an ocean above her or God’s left hand. When it hit Hiroshima she was out of her heart. So she boarded a steamer, the red red star. You’re still burning and I’m still breathing. We’re alone now, alone believing. Without your mercy, you calm my fever... So she worked for the chairman and she lived on a farm. And she raised up her children to fear the bomb. The reactors are humming as she plays violin. When the big one is coming, she keeps on breathing. You’re still burning and I’m still breathing. We’re alone now, alone believing. Without your mercy, you calm my fever. You keep me lonely, a clean believer…

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from The Afterneath, released November 11, 2014

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Jascha Hoffman New York

Jascha Hoffman's concept-driven albums mine dark themes to produce subtle and bittersweet songs that span genres from indie folk to classic pop.

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