Three Long Afternoons

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I saw you were standing there
a fistful of sand said you’d never leave from this place
where we had played for three long afternoons

The broken sticks were bent and covering
a roof of gold we’d had imported from Spain
let’s keep on playing for three more days

And you saw me like a starling
swimming through the leaves they’re
turning colored shades and you
turned me into yesterday

Armed with an oath, “I am no enemy”
they’re hiding with swords and waiting to break at the seams
but I can see right through their cloakscreens

So take my hand and take my bow
and string a straight line that will let them know that we’re
piling sand up round our home of gold

And you flew me like a firefly
lightning in the eyes it’s
bursting into flames and you
burst me into yesterday

Now the bell is ringing for you to be leaving this day with the moonbeams moonbeams
hid me there, ‘hind the stairs, ‘till the next day
we’ll cover out eyes ‘till we know we’re safe and away…

And you flew me like a firefly
lightning in the eyes it’s
bursting into flames and you
burst me into yesterday

I saw you were standing there
a fistful of sand said you’d always be in this place
let’s keep on playing for three more days

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from Play Me A Time, released January 5, 2006
Photo by Daniel Steinbock

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