She Spoke​/​The New World

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Some lit slide mandolin stuff where I tuned everything in fifths. I wrote a graphic score for this, but was going off of trying to respond to the content of the poems. The improvisation went much differently than I'd expected, but I embraced the uncertainty and let the song breath into the next song.

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She spoke
A single word
And all the poems
That I stumbled to articulate
Came loose
Like a landslide.

She spoke,
Parted her lips and
All of my vocabulary lessons
From AP English,
All of my attempts to piece together
A poem, or something close
Seemed senseless
In comparison.

She spoke,
And how clearly,
How cogently she did so,
Profound as oceans
And clear as a highway at two AM,
Yet would never call herself a poet.

In this boat
Handsome and oaken
Curved like tears
Or open hands,
Only myself
And you alone
Can fit. (Though perhaps
Your cat can come as well
If she is so inclined.)
Setting oars to ocean
To chart the islands of our minds,
From these crumpled coasts
Where we lived in bondage.
Sing to me your dreams
Of the coming voyage,
Remember these in your reveries,
And diaries and poems,
How we paddled to the summer's edge
Until we stumbled onto dry land,
The faces and dangers and treasures,
Of undiscovered continents.
I promised you as the beaches loomed,
And the voyage seemed to near its end
I loved you on the sea,
I will love you in the New World.

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from Nice French Desserts, released December 23, 2016
Timmy Vilgiate: Bass, Mandolin, Drum machine, Voice, Lyrics, Mastering, Engineering, Production.

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