Stay Awhile

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Moving down the empty hall, no on can see me at all
I poke my sides to see if it is true
Linger past your open door, invisible but still I’m sure
If you stay awhile then I can start telling you

Keep my eyes like polished stone, waters brim but I must hold
The sadness dam from all breaking loose
Finger tight in broken cracks, hold the heartbreak hope that lasts
Stay awhile so I can stop needing you

Solemnly I swear it false, do my very best to toss
A beating heart to waves that roar and soothe
But when the nighttime rolls around I fish it out and hold it sound
Stay awhile, see how a heart remains true…

And in the morning sun of ice you’ll ask me once again with dice
To roll another round that I will lose
I’ll hold your head up like a tree, steady you though you don’t lean
Stay awhile and I’ll keep on feedin’ you

And later when you come around I’ll fall into your arms as planned,
And for a moment wish to never move
But just as planned you’ll break away, and I’ll inhale your memory
Stay awhile so I can keep breathin’ you
(Stay awhile I’d like to keep breathin’ you…)


from Play Me A Time, released January 5, 2006
Photo by Payam Cherchian


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