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Departure Lounge Blues

from Somewhere Else by Rummage

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you smiled and waved and turned around
now the traffic’s slow coming out of town
savouring the memories
of a few more fleeting days
I’ve got a weary sense of déjà vu
that I’m always saying goodbye to you
watching dislocated time go past
wondering how long this will last

and I know I won’t be gone for all that long
but today I’d like to stay right where I know that I belong

I can see your picture in my head
as the early evening sky turns red
watching planes take off and the sun go down
hanging round the departure lounge
it’s a perfect moment of that kind
of loneliness you only find
in hotel rooms and airport bars
when you start wondering who you are

and we’re leaving now but I don’t want to go
and we keep saying that’s just the way it has to be but I don’t know
and the pilot says that’s Amsterdam below
and we might be 8 miles high but right now I’m feeling low

back in the artificial light
of Berlin’s winter neon night
a cold wind blowing flakes of snow
through the streetlights’ icy glow
memories coming back to me
like cards from someone I used to be
who disappeared somewhere somehow
if he could only see me now

and I see the shadows flicker on the wall
forming into faces but there’s nothing there at all
and I hear forgotten voices start to call
I hope you’ll be there to catch me if some day I start to fall


from Somewhere Else, released April 1, 2016


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