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Gretta in Rose

from Dead Weight by Jon Hughes



Gretta in Rose

The streets are filled with destitution—
Skin and bone dogs scavenging around.
I see the old cathedral standing all black up to the dawn.
I see the faces of the statues,
Pigeon-shit tears streaming down their cheeks,
And the solitary shadow of the man you said I’d be.
And I gave you a smile
Of the the broken kind,
Said, ‘I won’t let you down
This time.’

I can hear the ancient silence
That you said makes strangers of us all,
I see that statue where he’s standing with his back up to the wall.
And I know I should be sleeping,
But the thought keeps stirring in my head
If you ever could forgive me for the things I’ve never said.
We were born with these hearts
Of a failing kind,
But I won’t let you down
This time.

Hanging out the door, crimson painted toes.
Sorry for the years my Gertrude in rose,
I’ll be coming home.

And I’ll give you a smile
Of the broken kind,
Says, ‘I won’t let you down
This time.’


from Dead Weight, released January 31, 2011


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American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Hughes, has been based in Ireland since 2005. He has shared a stage with Damien Jurado, She Keeps Bees, and the legendary singer-songwriter, Buddy Mondlock.

Hughes' latest collection of songs, "Sunshine Remorse", was released in January of 2019.
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