Summer Promise

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Based on the character of Christian from the film Moulin Rouge!


On summer days
you used to say
"Hold my hand"
Fingers intertwined
left to right and
picking daisies then
Put one in your hair then
Snap a quick picture
if you got film where the petals land
On the ground
where we step
where we sit
where you laugh
where I ask
you a question --
Could you ever go back?
From this?
From the lack
of worry?
You and I
Can you think of a better way to make time go by?

And when the ground shook
I scrambled to try to find footing
But what was I s'posed to do?
And though I can't always bring back why
I'll always remember what I promised you

I will wait
I will wait for you

Now you're far
Far away
where the sky still turns grey
Here I am
Perfect blue
Every day
What's the use?
Summer days
You used to say
"Hold my hand"
Now mine are dry
and cracked from the time spent
chasing hopes
holding on
to the rope
bloody palms
so I wrote
you a song
just to show
I haven't forgot
And they say
when it's gone it's gone
But I've never been the kind of guy to take what they say to heart


from Sailor Ripley [EP] (2012), released June 26, 2012


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