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lyrics

I’d give a lot
I’d give a lot to hear him
tell me lies like that again
tell me much of anything.

It’s true, he talks
It’s true, he talks, but it’s not
Anything like it was then
Anything like it was
when he talked the way a bird sings,
just to sing.

This is what you’re like
Do you remember?
This is what you once were like.
You are a man who when the music dies away
You keep on dancing
And when there’s nothing left to say
You tell me lies

You wrote a poem
You wrote a poem about me
Swimming in the open sea
You loved my eyebrows and my stomach and my knobby knees
I loved your mouth
I loved your mouth and every story that you told to me

Where is it you’ve gone?
How can I find you?
I heard you weeping in the dawn
But you won’t say if I can bring you back alive
I’ll come and find you
I can’t help thinking you survived
Just went astray.

This is what you’re like
Try to remember
This is what you once were like
Where is it you’ve gone? How can I find you?
Where is it you’ve gone?

Do you remember, you are a man who
Told me you loved me
You are a man who told me you loved me,
Do you remember?

This is what you’re like
Try to remember

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from Penelope, released October 26, 2010
Sarah Kirkland Snider, composer; Ellen McLaughlin, lyrics; Shara Worden, vocals; Brad Lubman, conductor; Signal, orchestra; Michael Hammond, sound design

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Sarah Kirkland Snider Brooklyn, New York

Deemed "one of the decade's more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers" (Pitchfork), composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as "rapturous" (The New York Times), "haunting" (The Los Angeles Times), and "strikingly beautiful" (Time Out New York). ... more

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