A Waltz for Matt Coleman

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lyrics

I call on you, man, on you who I see in these pictures.
I won’t meet you anywhere now.
The beard has gone gray but the eyes still deliver,
taken by ice, to be taken by fire.

You carried a cold shot of truth for my fevers.
I won’t find that anywhere now.
I know that you tired of my juvenile humors.
I might show you a difference if I could but see you old.

The old books that drew you to California
are the ones I am reading right now.
Overrun with drifters, the cults of the canyons:
oh, what would I know of such things, man?

You, stalker of coasts; you, steward of forests.
They say that is what you’d become.
I’d know for myself you still heard New York voices
in your long, quiet hours if I could but see you old.

Now fallen friend, help me call on my genius
to speak truth for once, like you threatened I would.
Show me your soul as the bullets went home.
Oh, I’d make it sound more like Tom Waits if I could.

And I’m calling on you who I met in the papers.
They finally caught you, of course,
at the sobering end of the long northern summer,
by the slow light of the failing source.

Some weather’s for weed, and some is for poppies,
and some you just have to wait out,
caught in the web of the inseparable powers,
like the force that through the green fuse fires the flower.

Said Matthew to Aaron, “I won’t see you in heaven.
We’ll meet up right here in this dirt.
I’ll go first now as you bleed me of my essence
and all it was thought to be worth.”

Said Matthew to Aaron, “Go chase your own ending
like you must once have chased some simple girl.
My people will pray I had no comprehension,
but I would not miss this, not for the world.”

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from Lake Victoria, released January 30, 2016
Written by John Burdick

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The Sweet Clementines New Paltz, New York

New Paltz, NY, eccentric rock band the Sweet Clementines continue to play a melodic, musically adventurous brand of smart guitar pop. With vibraphones and violins. They are: John Burdick, Jason Sarubbi, Marianne Tasick, Matt Senzatimore, and Paul Carroll. ... more

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