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lyrics

The Mime

Now the mime is walking circles,
In a box made out of air.
Outside a storm is brewing,
Leaves are blowing everywhere.

Around the corner fate steps in,
And tells you what you need.
A faithful pig drags down the street,
He is sowing his own seed.

I’d love to tell you more or less,
Or more than you might need.
I’d like to crack a silver bell,
Or ride a bareback steed.

And things continue down a path,
A path of broken dreams.
And lamps have shades to keep the glare,
From bursting out in streams.

Thinking of times of olde,
When laughs and dreams were made of gold.
And I remember your pretty face,
Outside the gates of the land of grace.
We wrote our names upon the wall,
Like those before, come one, come all.
And that was Memphis, Tennessee,
Along the banks of the Mississippi, baby.

I think that I should tell you babe,
That I do lie to myself.
I think that when I turn around,
I put you on a shelf.

These images deep in my mind,
Of life and love and thee,
Are wrenching forth out of my soul,
And taking over me.

I need to break the quiet line,
The place of want and need,
And move myself to brighter days,
To a more eternal speed.

And if the turn of this small prayer,
Could take me off my knees,
I’d wish for you a safe return,
To life upon a breeze.

Thinking of times of olde,
When laughs and dreams were made of gold.
And I remember your pretty face,
Outside the gates of the land of grace.
We wrote our names upon the wall,
Like those before, come one, come all.
And that was Memphis, Tennessee,
Along the banks of the Mississippi, baby.

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from Many Things & Many Scenes, released September 2, 2014

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Joe Adler Burlington

Burlington, Vermont based singer/songwriter who draws on influences that range from the blues, folk, and experimental tendencies of Tom Waits, to the poetic leanings of Leonard Cohen. Adler has collaborated on stage live with such notables as Brad Barr (The Slip), Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio), Marco Benevento, Yah Yah Abdel-Majid (Sun Ra Arkestra), Craig Myers (Barika), and Dave Dreiwitz (Ween). ... more

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