RT 9 is a road that was built in in the lat 60's that connects I-91 to I-95. Unfortunately, the road runs right along the river and makes it difficult to access for Middletown residents. The song is about development over time and the decline of anadramous fishes (fish that migrate between salt water and fresh water). It parallels the story of love that fades over time and the constant hope of its eventual return.


This road follows the river
like I have followed you
up against the edge
opening into
the white-capped confused confluence swirling inside.

This road it is a cavern
I drive down to your mouth.
Your mouth ends in an ocean
And a bridge that we built out
Of secrets no one knows - only you.
Will salmon find their homes when they return?

The shad run up the river
up near Holyoke.
The people try with ladders
to fix what they have broke.
Every year less have come back upstream.
Will the salmon find their homes if they return?


from From Source to Sea, released September 25, 2012



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Honey and the Sting Middletown, Connecticut

Honey and the Sting is a group formed at Wesleyan University in 2012 and currently based in Philadelphia, PA. The groups first LP "From Source to Sea" is a musical journey along the Connecticut River. The group has continued to perform post-college in festivals and house shows. Honey and the Sting is Sam Long, Mel Hsu, Jess Best, Gemma Smith, and Howe Pearson. ... more

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