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The Leaves

from The Leaves by Short Hand



If you were my girl in 1984
With hair-sprayed hair and legwarmers
Pleated pants and penny loafers
We’d go together to the dance
In your basement we'd watch TV
I'd brush your face and touch your knee
With soft pink cheeks and glossy lips
We’d kiss and kiss and kiss and kiss
And when it's past curfew
We’d talk on the phone, barely whispering
I tell you my secrets and
You’d to move through me
Like the wind through the leaves

It was good enough in 1995
To leave flowers underneath your windshield wipers
To hold your hand on the airplane
To touch waste and breathe your name
And in case we forget
Before the kids and
All the work that comes with them
Our Doc Martins and nights drinking
The houses we made love in beneath the leaves

Time moves fast, a slippery sled
I play guitar, you slide in bed
Our children hum with excitement
Each creeping toward their own basements
And making sense of making out
Changes as you change and the feelings mount
And what is not guaranteed
Is the shadows on the house from the leads

Me and you, the teenagers,
A dog, a job, a car, and a neighborhood
What couldn't be in memories
Happens in a future through the leaves


from The Leaves, released January 1, 2016
All music, vocals, and lyrics by Shorthand P. Davis ©2016


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Short Hand figures that it's easier to learn to play an instrument than it is to find someone who can play it. He also figures that it's easier for him to do the writing, recording, mixing, artwork, and anything else that might need to be done. In the end, a set of sounds collect themselves into different shapes one might call "albums." Some sound like this and some sound like that. ... more

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