Throwing Diamonds Down

from by Jonathan Block

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Woke up past midnight from a restless sleep
Streetlights and the wind echo through my heart
Thinking how I showed my hand and where we almost went
But like a rock that skips away everything just skidded apart
In the last year every joke is awkward
Those radiant eyes keep driving me backward
Remembering what should’ve come after
But it all went too complex once we got back to town
Throwing diamonds down

Steam rises off the street the birds come out one by one
No amount of talking was going to end this night
I just couldn't face knowing the words we said
Sometimes you’ve got to barrel through the storms you dread
So I headed downtown half asleep half awake
Waiting for any kind of sign of what it’s going to take
I thought someone behind me had made a mistake
But it was just the wind in the rushes no one was around
Throwing diamonds down

Once I could wait for the train at the crossing
A panorama of questions that never needed answers
Spent our nights together like shipwrecked strangers
Sometimes we tried to forget or just fed off the danger
I headed down the highway to the last exit I could find
Checked into the first motel with a vacancy sign
I met her at the market where she worked for a while
We were kindred spirits just trying not to drown
Throwing diamonds down

I got myself a room around the corner from that store
We could never get rid of the squeaky floors
We met every day and shared some cheap vodka
And dreamed of a way of escaping this drama
She was still married but had lost her kids
And everything she told me was to keep her sanity
I guess I should be happy she shook off her destiny
But being a savior is no comfort when you’ve lost your crown
Throwing diamonds down

Now I wait for a quick glance or some conversation
The voice of reason is never too far behind
Experiences that seemed forever are compressed to one moment
I stop myself mid-thought and wait for the stars to shine
Everything I've given you is stuffed in a drawer
Songs, poems, trinkets, history, myths
A vision of certainty beginning to slip
A love we know we won’t share here and now
Throwing diamonds down


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



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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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