Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sunday Sabbath Poetry: Andrew Bird (II)

The lyrics below are from "Sifters," a song off Andrew Bird's recent album Break It Yourself. Here's a link to the song. Haunting and evocative of something like a nighttime remembrance of a young summer romance, it brought to mind Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom. Enjoy.

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Sifters

By Andrew Bird

If sound is a wave, like a wave on the ocean
Moon plays the ocean like a violin
Pushing and pulling from shore to shore
Biggest melody you never heard before

What if I were the night sky?
Here's my lullaby to leave by . . .

What if we hadn't been born at the same time?
What if you were 75 and I were nine?
Would I come visit you? bring you cookies in an old folks home?
Would you be there alone?

And when the late summer lightning fires off in your arms
Will I remember to breathe?
No I never will
And if I could convince you that I mean you no harm
Just want to show you how not to need

What if I were the night sky?
Here's my lullaby to leave by . . .

What if we hadn't been each other at the same time?
Would you tell me all the stories from when you were young and in your prime?
Would I rock you to sleep?
Would you tell all the secrets you don't need to keep?
Would I still miss you?
Or would you then have been mine?

If sound is a wave, like a wave on the ocean
Moon plays the ocean like a violin

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