I found this photograph
Underneath the broken picture glass
Tender face of black and white
Beautiful, a haunting sight
Looked into an angel's smile
Captivated all the while
From the hair and clothes she wore
I'd place her in between the wars

Was she willing when she sat
And posed the pretty photograph?
Save her flowering and fair
The days to come, the days to share
A big smile for the camera
How did she know?
The moment could be lost forever (forever)
Forever more

I found this photograph (photograph)
Stashed between the old joist walls
In a place where time is lost
Lost behind, where all things fall
Broken books and calendars
Letters script in careful hand
Music, too, a standard tune by
Some forgotten big brass band

From the threshold what's to see
Of our brave new century?
The television's just a dream
The radio, the silver screen
A big smile for the camera
How did she know?
The moment could be lost forever (forever)
Forever more

Was her childhood filled with rhymes
Stolen hooks, impassioned crimes?
Was she innocent or blind
To the cruelty of her time?
Was she fearful in her day
Was she hopeful, did she pray?
Were there skeletons inside
Family secrets, sworn to hide?
Did she feel the heat that stirs
The fall from grace of wayward girls?
Was she tempted to pretend
The love and laughter, 'til the end?


Lyrics submitted by Relinquo1

"Photograph" as written by Peter Lawrence Buck William Thomas Berry

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentFinding an old photograph and wondering who the girl in the picture was. Who was she? What was she like?

    This is technically a Natalie Merchant song, but considering Michael Stipe does most of the vocals, it fits under REM.
    middleofsomewhere93on June 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have this on the "Born to Choose" compilation from the 90s. It's attributed to "Berry/Buck/Merchant/Mills/Stipe". It always goes through my head when I look at pictures of my grandmother as a girl. She looks so innocent and happy and uncomplicated. But was that really the case?
    anneliseLon April 08, 2008   Link

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