Elvis Perkins

31 Mar

20091217-145037-579913

A moving song by Elvis Perkins who lost his mother in one of the 9/11 planes and lost his father, actor Anthony Perkins to AIDS.  I never get over this song.  It’s probably the song I’ve played the most in the past 12 months.  So why then,  a few nights ago, when Elvis Perkins himself came up to talk to the person I was talking to, did I just watch it like a movie and say nothing:  go home,  listen to Elvis Perkins and Beirut & write?  I don’t know.  I guess some crushes are like that.

 

from WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

while you were sleeping
the money died
machines were harmless and the earth sighed
through the wind, you slept sound
and gravity brought my love around
the ocean rose, sang about decay
while witches flew
and the mermaids stayed
full of dreams, you overslept
and keeping with quiet, through the walls i crept
i walked on tiptoe, sent darkness swirling
over all the kitchen in the early morning

i’ll never catch up to you
who sleeps so sound
my arms are useless
my heart beats too loud to go to sleep
my mind’s too proud to bow out

while you were sleeping
the time changed
all your things were rearranged
your vampire mirrors face to face
they saw forever out into space
and found you dreaming in black and white
while it rained in all the colors of the night

i watched the tvs
memories
championships
vanished to sea
can it be, my honey between you and me

so i waited for the riddled sky
to be solved again by sunrise
and i’ve made a death suit for life
for my father’s ill widowed wife
did you have that strangest dream before you woke
cos in your gown you had the butterfly stroke
did it escape you like some half told joke?
when you reached for your plume of smoke

and it’ll haunt you, my honey bee
anyone who is anyone has that same dream
were you falling
were you flying
and were you calling out
or were you dying
thank god you’re up now
let’s stay that way
else there’ll be no mornings
and no more days
cos when we’re dreaming
the babies grow
the sun shines
and the shadows flow
time flies
the phone rings
there is a silence
and everybody tries to sing

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