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I'm Not There

from Where I Sleep at Your Door by Jon Hughes



In the photo frame
Undeniably you
Next to some figure who looks like me.
In the south of Araby–
Subterranean towns–
Seeing myself in all those places I'd love to see.

We're up against the winter garden gate
Where the sun sets in your hair.
If you look past the smile you can sun, honey,
I'm not there.

In early hours
I awaken alone–
Fall to remembering all the moments that I left behind.
No matter where
I will always return
To the residence in the squalor of my own mind–

Walking down some broken-bottle beach
Where the gold salt fills the air.
If you see me staring at the surf
You'll know that I'm not there.

You said I'd wake and you'd be gone
And I wouldn't know where I went wrong.

You made some cynical remark
And I pretended not to care.
I can't tell the future but I know that
Maybe I'm not there.


from Where I Sleep at Your Door, released March 25, 2015


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Jon Hughes Ireland

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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