i was born by an old streetlight
where the men lean out of
their windows at night
and i was a lead in the orphan choir,
and i sang with all my might
until i grew up
too high then oh,

all the notes i used to play
on the double bass in the b-list ballet
with only the night bugs to lead me home
with their sad-luck serenade

the rain was never ending,
the sadness in my heart
would light and glow in the dark

oh this will never change,
time just wears a prettier face
i'm book smart, street stupid

so don't look for me in confession booth,
i'm with my paints and my pens
and my dry vermouth
trying to uncover
some small truth
with these cards close to my chest

the rain was never ending
the sadness in my heart
would light and glow in the dark

oh, this will never change
time just wears a prettier face
i'm book smart, street stupid

the rain still never ending
the wonder in my heart
would light and glow in
it still lights and glows in the dark


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    General CommentI love this song, it reminds me of a song in the cats musical. It's really well done, sarah could easily write scores.
    paranoia_girlon July 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentall of sarah's songs are wonderful, but sometimes her voice ruins it for me. this is one of those songs. in some she sounds great and i could listen for hours, but in this one she just sounds annoying. good song in itself though.
    hawksley_howlson August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song in an independent music store, and the song just gave me this great feeling. It is the most beautiful song I have ever heard. The song though itself, its hard to say what the lyrics mean, but I think that she wrote it very well.
    dblbassmikeon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAt first I didn't think too much of this song. But after hearing it more times, it is truly one of the best slower songs on the album - Night Bugs. You can tell she's had influence by movie scores/soundtracks with this song.
    pazu322on March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI recently just found new meaning to this song, because I'm feeling very sad about what's happening. That is, I'm leaving home and all my loved ones for a job in another city. I think anyone who has left home to live by themselves know exactly what I'm talking about. So this song says a lot about how I'm feeling right now.

    "so don't look for me in confession booth,
    i'm with my paints and my pens
    and my dry vermouth
    trying to uncover
    some small truth
    with these cards close to my chest"

    That pretty much sums it up right there.
    pazu322on March 13, 2003   Link

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