Prose and Poetry

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lyrics

I have to choose between the land that greets me cordially
And the one that tells me what it feels
I have to choose a flag
A banner or a paper bag
The lowest cut, the shortest skirt, the highest heel
I have to not have to do the things I have to do
At least I think that’s what I want
To say to a river that’s forgotten where it flows
You speak to me in poetry
And laugh at me in prose

I have to choose between
A song built around complexity
Or one destroyed by complexity
And in between a choice I have
To not have to want what I have
Is close to closing itself into halves
I have to choose a rock
A stone wall or a wall-borne clock
‘Cause something strong there ought to be
To say to an ocean that’s in envy of a sea
Your waters ebb in prose
And flow in poetry

I have to write back home
In time to let my mother know
With colour or invisible ink
Either way they’re bound to know
Just as much as I let go
In the backwards way I thought
I blink
“You dare to raise your voice”
Don’t entertain me with a choice
The thought of it well past where it was chose
To say to a poor man who still owns fancy clothes
You flatter me in poetry
And bludgeon me in prose

I need to find the place
To spackle in the empty space
Where faces make their way into my dreams
About something I understand
Beside a love that I can stand
Beside a love that is just what it seems
To be just what it is
My business what is this
That couldn’t be what I tell it to be?
To say to my lover that I have yet to see
You walk away with prose
And smile with poetry

credits

from Stories of Earth, released May 13, 2016
Clint Degan - vocal, guitars
Cullen Corley - drumkit
Kirsten Lamb - upright bass
Daniel Harris - guitars, loops
Tim Lillis - piano
Frank Hegyi - tambourine

Recorded by Jack Younger at Watch City Studios
Mixed by Jon Taft at New Alliance Audio
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East

Produced by Jack Younger and Clinton Degan

Song by Clinton Degan
Arrangement by Degan/Corley/Lamb/Harris/Lillis/Younger

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