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Impossible to Name

from Bells Will Ring by John Donovan

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Somewhere after sunrise
and before the end of time
you were painting love on water
when I heard your heartbeat chime
In your right hand was a feather
In your left hand was a flame
and when I spoke to you,
you were impossible to name

I fell into an honest trap
I fell right on the floor
I was dragged out to the same place
I've been dragged out to before
Now that is where I'm waiting,
thrown out in the rain,
and that is where I'm finding you
impossible to name

I keep dialing the wrong number
and you keep picking up
I keep talking about something
but you can't remember what
Your eyes may be familiar,
your face inside a frame,
but here I am still finding you
impossible to name

If I had never known you,
if our paths had never crossed,
I never would admit it
but I surely would be lost
so I try to call out to you
but my confidence is tamed
and here I am still finding you
impossible to name


from Bells Will Ring, released September 29, 2010


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