Grandpa Had It Right

from Standing Stones by Marian Call

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With apologies to William Carlos Williams, and love for my family.

lyrics

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LYRICS:

Grandpa had it right – oh so much depends upon
The weather and the price of gas, the bills the politicians pass, oh
Grandpa had it right – every morning up at dawn,
Eighty-one in old San Juan and ten cents cheaper a little down the road

Grandma had it right – oh so much depends upon
Symmetry and knowing names, on picture books and rhyming games
Grandma had it right – ghosts to scare the sleepless child
Storytime with wolves and wilds that ends with fewer answers than we want

​And at the bones of it, at the bones of it, in the stones around the fire
​We recount our secret histories one by one
​With no altars anymore, we come to the embers for to confess
​'Cause beggar, banker, king, and pawn,
​We're only bones with stories on

My counselor had it right – sleeping out under the stars
Children shivering and scared, refuging in truth or dare
My counselor had it right – far from our pretending screens
All that's left is what things mean and what we whisper when the lights are out

Lord, but we never saw stars like that, no we never saw, never saw
Stars like stars like that
No we never saw stars like that before, should've fall should've fall
should've
Lord, but I never saw stars like that, no I never saw, never saw
Stars like stars like that
No I never saw stars like that before, should have

Fallen on my knees

And hey hey hey – you know, I like you this way
All overawed and out of breath
And saying what you mean

​'Cause I was born for this, I was born for this, I've been ready all my life
​To chance on some enchanted secret door
​To a kingdom new and wild,
To my wonder as a child,
And now here you are --

​Each of us around the flames
​A universe that knows itself by name

​And at the bones of it, in the stones around the fire
​Our voices will be all we leave behind
​Not a one of us can stay, but it keeps the night at bay,
It keeps us warm

​We wake, we witness, and we're gone
​We're only bones with stories on

Beggar banker king and pawn
​We're only bones with stories on
​Taking turns to watch for dawn
​We're only bones with stories on
​Pretty but don't last for long
​We're only bones with stories on
​Beggar banker king and pawn
​We're only bones with stories on

And Lord, but I never saw stars like that before...

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from Standing Stones, released February 24, 2017

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Marian Call has things to say. She sounds a little like Ingrid Michaelson meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs, which sounds improbable, but give it a try. She hails from Alaska and tours North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, sharp, surprising confections in every genre full of rich dark carmelized sugar, savor, & spice. ... more

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