The Old Songs

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Mayflies by the lakeside
Diesel smell in the air
Last call by the graveside
And you standing there
You pull on a Benson
Like the first one we smoked
28 years ago

You pay for the first round
As was the convention
Your suit worn through re-use
Mine by intention
In accents we re-tread
The old songs we’d sing
And some other things

Why do humans search for
These old things that linger?
Like yesterday’s paper cut
Here on my finger
Familiar and nasal
The old songs said it all
And you know – they were no good at all

Late at night I can barely see with the drink,
But they’re calling to me
From the lake and the trees

“Come back to the old songs!
Come back, my cuckoo!
They’re by the phone waiting
They’re pining for you
To breathe life into them
To give music to them
And just to sing them again.”

La la la la la etc.

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from Bread and Jam, released August 9, 2014

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