Pete Murphy - (One) Nightstand

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Through a flickering eye
We see no surprises
As the day breaks,
A soul wakes
And the sun rises
On the prison she's known
Since the day she was twenty
Black curtains, black carpet,
Double bed, mostly empty
Single chair, lying waiting
In the shape of a hand
Two nightlamps, one broken
On one nightstand

Once again comes the night
Five pound cab, Ten pound entry
The same prison she's known
Since the day she was twenty
Black dress, black stilettos
Double shot, mostly empty
Singles night, single-minded
She stands...
Heart in throat, drink in hand
Soon to be in for much more
Than one might stand

But tonight, he'll surprise her
The next one to entice her
Will be different this time
Strong and kind, rather nicer
Altogether...
And perhaps, God willing, even willing to receive
Her suggestion
that they leave
Without question
Together...

They'll cast off their clothing
And cares
Casting glances
And shadows
And passionate stares
While casting their magic
Together...
As the night sky is torn
By the hands of the morning
Two lovers now lie
In a dream, softly seen
Through a flickering eye
Together...

Then one might stand
And go...

...

And the flickering light
Reveals no surprises
As the day breaks,
A soul wakes
And the sun rises

Not on a soulmate

But the prison she's shared
With a cellmate
or twenty
Same curtains, same carpet
Double bed, mostly empty
And a life she could hold
In the palm of her hand
And one heart, unbroken

And one nightstand

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from On Shower Walls, released March 1, 2017
Lyrics by Stephen Wordsmith
Vocals, composition and all instruments by Pete Murphy: petemurphy.bandcamp.com

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