"Barcarolle" as written by and Tom Waits Kathleen Brennan....
A cloud lets go of the moon
Her ribbons are all out of tune
She is skating on the ice
In a glass in the hands of a man

That she kissed on the train
And the children are all gone into town
To get candy and we are alone in the house here
And your eyes fall down on me

And I belong only to you
The water is filling my shoes
In the wine of my heart there's a stone
In a well made of bone
That you bring to the pond

And I'm here in your pocket
Curled up in a dollar
And the chain from your watch around my neck
And I'll stay right here until it's time

The girls all knit in the shade
Before the baby is made
And the branches bend down
To the ground here to swing on

I'm lost in the blond summer grass
And the train whistle blows
And the carnival goes
'Til there's only the tickets and crows here
And the grass will all grow back

And the branches spell 'Alice'
And I belong only to you


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"Barcarolle" as written by Thomas Alan Waits Kathleen Brennan

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    General CommentTom, sing me a diddle soft and sweet like this one forevermore.

    I don't know what it means. I don't care. This is Tom at his best.
    theblissfultoneson July 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised there aren't more comments for this. One of the most beautiful songs ever, IMO.
    policediscolightson August 18, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"She is skating on the ice

    In a glass in the hands of a man

    That she kissed on the train..."


    Best lyric ever.
    HatFullaRainon June 16, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationAlice's apparition remains while her real-life self has fallen in love and marries someone else. She expects a baby and may have other children: "And the children are all gone into town." Dodgson remains fixated on his fantasy forever.
    evan164676on February 06, 2015   Link

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