I'm at your window
A penny on the pavement Saturday night
The moon is a red lantern
Dripping a silver wax path to your door

The soldiers woke him up that night
Strings of banjo, sugar cane
Played so sweetly, fireflies
The stars sang Seibert's old refrain

But now, la vie, don't sail away
Your minstrel breeze grow long to me
I will find your port again
I will wait like Rosencrantz
for Godot

I'm at your window
My face swimming in a glass like light
and you pay me a haiku
of cherry blossom shimmering light

She had no time for any life
and left on bleak and summer's day
Oh dog strikes eagles fireflies
Rice paper clouds and grey mache

But now, la vie, don't sail away
I stake my case, let this song burn
I will find your port again
I will wait like Guildenstern

[bridge]

I'm at your window
A penny on the pavement Saturday night
The moon is a red lantern
Dripping a silver wax path to your door

Please don't sail away
Don't sail away
Don't sail away
Don't sail away
Don't sail away


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    General CommentWorking from the recording, several lines are *very* unclear. If anyone has heard it live, please help with the bits I couldn't confirm even with six listenings, such as
    "and left on bleak and summer's day
    Oh dog strikes eagles fireflies"
    which is just really improbable.
    gementon June 24, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is generally a "right here waiting for you" number. There's a lot of abstract imagery I'd like to hear other people's takes on. Let's just get the literary reference nailed down, though:

    "I will wait like Rosencrantz / for Godot"

    Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is another absurdist play written in pretty direct response to it. Spoilers: Godot never appears. R&G die. Both plays are about our inability to comprehend or foresee our lives, and both involve a lot of waiting.

    So one cool perspective on this song is that the singer knows this is utterly pointless. She's not coming back. She left, and generally in real life that is a one-way thing. If you sit and pine forever, that is your business. The singer is pining anyway.

    Is he like the men waiting for Godot who seem to have some choice in the matter but keep stubbornly waiting anyway, or like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who would like to get out of their situation but have been railroaded by fate? Does he have a choice about pining?
    gementon June 24, 2014   Link

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