Japanese Maple

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I won't say I told you so
Even though you don't remember
What you said last night on the phone
About how there's no use in talking

Because my mind will not change like old folks stuck in their ways
Waiting on their turn to tell
That old joke everyone knows about the Catholic priest
The kids and their three leads

Erin, I wish I could
Bring you back to the beginning
Sitting in the bloodgood
In front of your apartment

Before I became so back and forth like the migrating gray geese
Flying in their vees
Heading for the melting north but by the time that they arrive
It'll be about time to leave again

Talking, talking in my sleep
And I'm telling her everything
Love is not enough
When it's so quick to give up


from Wives' Tales, released June 8, 2017



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