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The Suitors Ballyhoo

from Strangers With Shoes by Robin Grey

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An autumn love song


Tell me do you see me
When you close your eyes at night?
Painted on your eyelids
As you’re turning out the light.

Your voice it spins in my mind
It's been wearing through the grooves.
We've been intimately distant,
And I just don't get the rules…
I want you, girl

Last week I wrote a letter
Now I’m rereading it through.
I wasted all those fancy words
I just meant “I love you”.

Forgive my confusion,
Dear won’t you understand,
That sometimes knowing what to say
Slips right out of my hand…

I never met a mind so fancy free as yours before,
I was busy at the books,
While you were dancing by the door.

Somewhere in the middle
There is love and common ground,
So I sweep away the leaves
And we can keep dancing about

I lie here playing out the scene
A hundred million times,
What you will be wearing
And the beauty in your eyes.

There’s no time like the present
so I’m reaching for the phone
But you’ve never cared for mornings
And there’s places I should go…

The horses left with Elvis
and they rode into the sun,
Two dots on the horizon,
strained my eyes and they were gone.

It’s been a torrid day,
I’ve been waiting for your call
Sometimes I more than wonder
If you care for me at all.

As I walk down Church Street
The last light fades away
It’s getting darker early now
That winters on the way.
Something's gotten missing,
the puzzle is upside down.
The Guinness didn’t clear my head
It just brought on more clouds…

The moon it whispered in my ear
And kept me from my dreams.
The silhouettes around my room
Are never what they seem.

‘You and Me’ or ‘Me and You’
Said either way around,
Would surely make such sense
In this cold unforgiving town…


from Strangers With Shoes, released December 1, 2009
Barbara Bartz on violin
Mixed by Thomas Heister at Flesh & Bone Studios




Robin Grey Sheffield, UK

“The poetic mastery of Grey’s folk tales is a joy to behold.”
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“Robin Grey has a lovely fresh approach to the folk genre. A honeyed yet clear voice and his lyrics are arresting. A real treasure.”
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