The Man Who Nearly

from by Jonathan Block

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To wake from a thousand dreams
Leaves fall on the river
Where's the evening we spent
It melts into a whisper
There's a spark that flickers
In and out of the fog it shimmers
Maybe the other shoe won't fall
Another memory grows dimmer

One by one we follow the sun
Were we ever here
Our heroes they've disappeared
And what if I’ve been wrong all this time
Watching dust gather on the shelf
Who’ll save me from myself

A silent smile and a worn book
Close enough to hear you breathe
So hard to get the right words out
I'll just trace the shapes in the steam
Contemplating the dusty air
Among the still blue sparrows
Talking on a swaying wire
Every insight shrinks and narrows

One by one we follow the sun
Were we ever here
Our heroes they've disappeared
And what if I’ve been wrong all this time
Watching dust gather on the shelf
Who’ll save me from myself

Again the wind whistles in the trees
Elegies for an abandoned mystery
Unable to span the great divide
Another moment lost to history
The sky is deeper than blue
A phantom target passes
Through a point of seeing
Variations on a theme of absence

One by one we follow the sun
Were we ever here
Our heroes they've disappeared
And what if I’ve been wrong all this time
Watching dust gather on the shelf
Who’ll save me from myself

And the birds keep singing their song
But they never change their tune
Or even care to consider
What happened much too soon
Another mountain and I think of you
What seemed so important then
Coaxing back the silence again
To wake with you in a slow descent

One by one we follow the sun
Were we ever here
Our heroes they've disappeared
And what if I’ve been wrong all this time
Watching dust gather on the shelf
Who’ll save me from myself

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from To Wake From a Thousand Dreams, released May 10, 2017
Written by Jonathan Block

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Jonathan Block Connecticut

Jonathan Block performs folk music with a progressive edge. His music has been released by labels such as Hypnos, Gears of Sand and Mindspore. Block is also a poet whose poems have been published in journals around the world.

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