Barbara

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lyrics

Some moments flare out with love
Others, love sneaks silently in
We met on the sidewalk in slanted Spring light
We talked for hours and hours ‘bout the things that bothered us then
It didn’t mean nothin’ but it passed the night

You sat beside me, Barbara
In Blanchard Lecture Hall
The man with the bowtie was church
He said we are beautiful
But the beauty’s not from us at all
Neither one of us believed him at first

Barbara, oh Barbara
I’ll see you in September
When the poplars wear the night air like a glove
Barbara, oh Barbara
I think I’m starting to remember we are loved

When life was shit, we shot it and tossed back rum & coke
And then we learned better and prayed instead
And I still remember the letters
You wrote me when my Daddy died
Those letters were my food for weeks
Those letters cleared my mind
 
Hmmm

(And so we live)

Barbara 
Oh, Barbara
I’ll see you in September
When the longest aisle in Memphis bears you up
Barbara
Oh, Barbara
May this song stand as a witness
We are loved

credits

from Strange Flesh, released June 27, 2019
Steve Slagg (piano, vocals)
Kit Shields (acoustic guitar)
John Gargiulo (12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Allison Van Liere (accordion)
Cathy Kuna (cello)
Lee Ketch (bass)
Andy Ketch (drums)

Music and lyrics by Steve Slagg

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God-haunted, gay-of-center weird singer-songwriter with death problems

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