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Keep talking
The words you say the way you smile make me feel that I’m alive
It’s awfully nice of you to have invited me
Thanks for the tea, thank you my dear
And for the comfort, but I’m not here

Keep playing
The way you strum your guitar plucks a young nerve in my heart
Reminding me how often music pulled me through
The lonely years, the time I feared
But it’s no use, cause I’m not here

As if I sense but I fail to understand
I’d let it all fall but I hold nothing
Nothing in my hand

Keep caressing my hair
How tender, then I wish I could do for you the same
But my own touch won’t translate as honest
Maybe in time, these days will meet their end
It’s not so clear, since I’m not here

As if I sense but I fail to understand
I’d let it all fall but I hold nothing
Nothing in my hand

Oh, Thanks for keeping
An eye on me without ever asking anything in return
And how you shoulder my silence
It’s not a perk, it’s not my work, my tiny flat or a thing after another
It not the weather, tube is no bother, nor this world I often don’t comprehend
But If I were to stray, I know to it you’ll see
That I won’t go away, even if I’m not here
Oh I’m not here
Not quite here
No I’m not here

Sami Basbous

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from Farewell Beirut, O Scarlet Tramp, track released February 22, 2010

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