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Old Tin Cup

from Stone by Stone by Tret Fure



My mother had an old tin measuring cup that I now have and cherish. This is an imaginary letter from her to me


My dear daughter
You kept that old tin measuring cup
The one that I so treasured
That I couldn’t quite give up
I used it most of my life
It suited me just fine
Measuring my ingredients
Leveling to the line

My dear daughter
It was so dented and so worn
But I used it every day
Before even you were born
Like an old friend I could count on
It was something clearly mine
But the thing I failed to measure
Was time

I kept it all those years, now you keep it on display
I didn’t want to part with it, I used it every day
It measured life and love and food so fine
For you it measures the passage of time

My dear daughter
I’m gone 27 years
I know that when you hold that cup
Your eyes well up with tears
Now it measures all the
Many ways you’ve grown
A testament to all you’ve done
And all the things you’ know


My dear daughter
You've lived many of my dreams
A singer and an artist
And a good cook, so it seems
When your time is done
Will you also pass it on
To Austin, or your daughter
Or your son



from Stone by Stone, released November 3, 2020
Tret - vocal, guitar, ebow
Mark Goldstein - bass
Janelle Burdell - drums, percussion
Chelle Fulk - violin
Kristen B Jones - cello


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Tret Fure Newport News, Virginia

Tret Fure began her career at 16, singing in coffeehouses in the Midwest. At 19 , she moved to LA and within a year was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”.  In 1973 she recorded her first solo album on MCA/UNI Records, with Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. 
Tret has released 16 acclaimed albums in her long career..
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