Runaway Sparrow

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They said hello, you don't know me
I'm just someone you will love
Of all the gin joints in all the towns
I'll be on the floor above
I'll be with rope and feather for
These things I know afear you
And you will have to trust me
Complete for me to love you
And oooh, don't you need love

I was minding my own business
As you do in towns
Where everyone knows everything about you
And makes up what they don't

On the jukebox at the table
I picked Emmylou and Gram
To mess with all the people
Who came here just to dance

Strangers come and strangers go
The strangest ones become the snow
And settle on your bones into the marrow
Thawed by the sunrise but still in the throat
Of a window sill runaway sparrow

Half-price champagne on speed date night
The bureaucracies of need
Parmas, pots and trivia
And photos for the feed

I was minding my own business
On the inner side of out
When one fingernail across my wrist
Would cleave my then from now

They said hello, you don't know me
I'm just someone you will love
Of all the gin joints in all the towns
I'll be on the floor above
I'll be with rope and feather for
These things I know afear you
And you will have to trust me
Complete for me to love you
And oooh, don't you need love

~ Brendan Bonsack






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