Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Book Song/Eastern Rain



If she knew what I’ve seen while I’m watching
Would she know where to smile, what to say?
When she leaves from her book to be with me
Where’s her mind as she stands while I play?

She left behind names in the pages
And the time she took out, they stayed in
Now she thinks that she maybe should tell them
Of my book and the places she’s been

Now she’s looking at me while I’m writing
Does she know where to smile, what to say?
When she leaves from her book to be with me
What’s she thinking about while I play?

[Ian Matthews/Richard Thompson]

(Copyright © exists)


Eastern Rain

Rain comes from the east one night
We watch it come
To hang like beaded curtains till the morning sun
Water dripping from our clothes
You, with raindrops on your nose
Ask me sadly, "Please don't go away, love"
"Till the rain is done," I say, "I'll stay now"

Rain outside but inside we don't mind at all
Shadows by the fire
Slowly climb and fall
Kisses fade and leave no trace
Whispers vanish into space
None will send me on a chase to nowhere
What matters if I were the first to go there?

Morning comes up from the east
We watch it come
And far away now rolls the angry rain god's drum
You, with daybreak in your eyes
Afraid to speak for telling lies
I watch you search for some reply to lend me
But when the rain is done we'll stop pretending

[Joni Mitchell]

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