Four Twenty​-​Two

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it’s four twenty-two and her head is full of rocks and clouds
she’s not something new but she still hopes that she can make him proud
and though she’s got a lot to say she just can’t get herself to say it out loud
with everybody talking it’s so hard
to pick out just one voice from a large crowd
but maybe if she says his name from across the room
he’ll turn because he can hear it above all else

he keeps himself floating just a couple inches above her head
and though she stretches out to reach him she just can’t make it and holds herself instead
she dances with the wind as she sways while looking up at the moon
that he promised her on a black and white afternoon
on a dark quiet morning in a white room
he traced her nose with a finger, then he cut her heart in paper
and put it on a mobile so it could move

she’s been sitting on her nest for so long she forgot she had wings
and one day she realized it was getting late and she should test out these things
she’s been practicing her flying all along by jumping off of a swing
but everyone needs a hand while they’re learning to fall
and everyone wants someone to make them feel tall
she made a wish on a flower that she would dream once through his eyes
‘cause life ain’t something till (your) somebody calls
no life ain’t something till (your) somebody calls you…


from Play Me A Time, released January 5, 2006


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