The Old Piano

from by Joshua Barton & Seerstones

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lyrics

If I tell you stories, stories half remembered
Would you stay the night awake with me
Lest these olden echoes and the old piano
Stamp me down in torment through the morning

Hear them sing the gospel on the old piano
Tuneful apparitions in the pastures
Where they dove in the canal to retrieve the God-sent sow
And the family ate for many days

And the sun rises in the clearing
Shines so golden through my door
But these rays can only chase the shadows
For so long, then day is gone

Hear the children singing on the ukulele
And the smiling eyes that light the room
I can't fix these broken strings or unpack these songs I sing
But somehow they play to their design

Hear the deathly rattle at the kitchen table
All these threads are tangled up in time
So I guess I'll never know on this side of life below
Just how long this story's gonna run

And the sun rises in the clearing
Shines so golden through my door
But these rays can only chase the shadows
For so long, then day is gone

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from WITNESS, released October 20, 2016

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Joshua Barton Lansing, Michigan

Michigan-based singer/songwriter self-releasing the sad and the sacred, with abiding, conflicting enthusiasm for lamentation, Southern gospel, American primitive guitar and the drones of shoegaze.

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