20 May

…remember me.  And play this when I am gone.

Acoustic version of “The Trapeze Swinger”, by Iron & Wine, as it appears on the second track of his 2006 SubPop EP “Such Great Heights”.
Please, remember me,
By the rose bush laughing with
Bruises on my chin
The time when
We counted every black car passing
Your house
Beneath the hill
And up until
Someone caught us in the kitchen with
Maps, a mountain range,
A piggy bank
A vision too removed to mention
Please, remember me,
I heard from someone you’re still pretty
And then
They went on to say
That the pearly gates
Have such eloquent graffiti
Like, “We’ll meet again,”
And, “Fuck the man,”
And, “Tell my mother not to worry,”
And, “Angels with their great
But always done in such a hurry
Please, remember me,
At Halloween
Making fools of all the neighbors
Our faces painted white
By midnight
We’d forgotten one another
And when the morning came
I was ashamed
Only now it seems so silly
That season left the world
And then returned
And now you’re lit up by the city
Please, remember me,
In the window of the tallest tower
Then pass us by
But much too high
To see the empty road at happy hour
Gleam and resonate
Just like the gates
Around the Holy Kingdom
With words like, “Lost and found,” and, “Don’t look down…”
And, “Someone Save Temptation.”
Please, remember me,
As in the dream
We had as rug-burned babies
Among the fallen trees
Fast asleep
Aside the lions and the ladies
That call you what you like
And even might
Give a gift for your behavior
A fleeting chance to see
A trapeze
High as any savior
Please, remember me,
My misery
And how it lost me all I wanted
Those dogs that love the rain
And chasing trains
The colored birds above there running
In circles ’round the well
To where it spills
On the wall behind St. Peter’s
So bright on cinder gray
In spray paint,
“Who the hell can see forever?”
Please, remember me,
In the car behind the carnival
My hands between your knees
You turned from me
And said, “The trapeze act was wonderful,
But never meant to last.”
The clowns that passed
Saw me just come up with anger
When it filled with circus dogs
The parking lot
It had an element of danger
Please, remember me,
And all my uphill clawing
My dear,
And if I make…
The pearly gates
I’ll do my best to make a drawing
Of God and Lucifer,
A boy and girl,
An angel kissing on a sinner,
A monkey and a man,
A marching band,
All around a frightened trapeze swinger…

Painting to come…


4 Responses to “Please…”

  1. Lolamouse May 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I couldn't forget you if I tried for a hundred years Micael. Beautiful song. It made me cry (again).

  2. The Empress May 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing the painting.
    Much love to you Rabbit!

  3. Mynx May 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    I think you will be very difficult to forget..

  4. Ashley King May 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    totally choked me up…. bigtime…. couldn't forget ya if i tried!!! 😉 not that i'd ever try, but still, you know what i mean…. *sniffles*

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