Write A Song Called Paris

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lyrics

I can still see you on the terrace
singing above the Latin Quarter of Paris
but I can't remember all your words
Something about how you were never gonna
go back to Los Angeles
and break free from the ones who only love you
for who you used to be
stand somewhere between
sympathy and pride
with nothing to hide
as Paris turned on the lights
and sapphired the sky

I got sick in Pere Lachaise
I thought about digging up Chopins hands
wearing his bones around my neck
putting him to use again
and writing you a song called Paris
above all the ones who are only loved
for who they used to be
somewhere between
nostalgia and forgetting
Camille Claudel and Jacques Brel
sat beside me
sculpting and singing

Draw your strength from the tortures of beauty
you can touch what you cannot possess
you make the eyes of old portraits glisten
you're a rose in the snow
a witness

I reached for you from across the Seine
the dark secrets of her discipline
in a secret ceremony I touched your reflection
and it undulated to a memory in my blood
The gypsy boys played their accordion songs
sad but strong
haunted by the girls on the underground trains
red lipstick
dressed in black
all the beauty of Paris
on their backs.

Drawing strength from the tortures of beauty
you can touch what you cannot possess
you make the eyes of old portraits glisten
you're a rose in the snow
a witness

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from Remnants, released January 27, 2015

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tags: folk Santa Fe

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