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​Love In 2 Parts

This song is by erin mckeown and appears on the album Distillation (2002).

Oh, there's hope in poetry, comfort in fiction
Like the voice of Walt Whitman for example

I have noticed something
You will have noticed this too
We cut the words off short
We like either or
We are the virgin and the whore
You will have noticed this too

So I am led to say purely for example, purely for survival
And speaking of course from my own experience
When I'm drunk it's easy
When I'm sober I try not to love you so hard
Will not love you so hard

You will have noticed this too
For you were on the other side

In a San Francisco loft you couldn't pay for
I could feel your heart beat through the floor boards
I waved my hope around like a cheap flag
Whose colours had faded
Whose emblem was laughable

What is whiskey in the morning but a clear path to the door?
What would Uncle Walt say to the silent floorboard?
Hope
Hope

Written by:

Erin Mckeown