When I See You

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words by Steve Slagg and Blade Barringer
music by Steve Slagg and Allison Van Liere
2009

lyrics

When I see you I see you twice or not at all
When I see you I see you twice or not at all

It’s like putting my nose
up to A Sunday
on Grand Jatte
at the Institute of Art
Was gonna go there with my brother
but we lost him
six months later
—and two more—
I never see them anymore
But when I see you

When I see you I see you twice or not at all
When I see you I see you twice or not at all

It’s like standing on my back porch
on a summer evening
with the fireflies and stars
I wonder where you are
cupped in my hands
or cupping the sky—
Either way
we won’t see you in the morning
But when I see you

(It’s like standing on my back porch
on my back porch
for a firefly
theophany
in the dark
all I ever see is dots)

(It’s like Sunday in the park
Sunday in the park
We’re pointillists
We’re pointillists
All I ever see is dots)

It’s like rowing the lake with Marty
and the Leonids
periods and commas
scattered artlessly
across an empty page

But when I see you

When I see you I see you twice or not at all
When I see you I see you twice or not at all
When I see you I see you
When I see you I see you
When I see you
When I see you
When

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from All Saints' Day, released June 25, 2012
Steve Slagg: piano, organ, vocals
Allison Van Liere: banjo, accordion, vocals
Gabriel Ellison RiCharde: vocals
Catherine Kuna: cello
Blade Barringer: cello programming

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Youngest Son Chicago, Illinois

Youngest Son is singer-songwriter Steve Slagg, who grew up playing Debussy and Charles Wesley on an upright piano in Missouri and now plays his own lyric-driven, emotionally complex indie-folk songs on a keyboard in Chicago.

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