The First Days of May

from by Light in August

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red is the cardinal, well-rehearsed in the dawn, singing out his song
just singin' out his song

red is the spanish wine, your hair in the restaurant candle light
that illuminates the first days of May

white magnolias the first pedals to fall down, first to cover the ground
in ann arbor town

white is the spring in the pale full moon and when the lilacs bloom
in the neighborhoods parks and in the backyard

you color seasons I spend with you, oh the greys and the blues,
the golds and maroons

you color the memories I’ll hold when the westward wind will bend and bow
and move and sway, and send me away


from Sweater Weather, released December 22, 2010



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