autumn's ashes, summer's embers
on the sidewalk come september
suddenly i can't remember
any lessons learned
now that i'm a migrant picker
trouble-minded tin can kicker
i wish my skin was thicker
the air has turned

i can live alone, i said
i can make my lonesome bed
i don't need a hole in my head
i don't need a lover
but he took me by surprise
i fell down and saw him rise
til he was larger in my eyes
than any other

how suddenly the summer died
i couldn't bring it back to life
i couldn't sing it back to life
but i tried

i came to him in summer clothing
i came to him because i chose him
came to find his fingers frozen
he would not reach for me
came to him for his sweet song
came to him for right or wrong
came to find his heart belonged
to one that came before me

how suddenly the sweetness died
i couldn't bring it back to life
i couldn't sing it back to life
but i tried

autumn's ashes, summer's embers
on the sidewalk come september
suddenly i can't remember
any lessons learned
now that i'm a migrant picker
trouble-minded tin can kicker
i wish my skin was thicker
the air has turned


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Come September song meanings
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