Red​-​winged Blackbird

from by Richard Laviolette

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Red-winged Blackbird, when you landed here
The wind was uncertain, the weather unclear
You came by the mountains, you came by the lakes
You had no place yet to unpack your bags

You brought a partner, you brought a friend
Someone to help you harness the wind
These trips can be lonesome, like one long night
The sky moves across you to show you your size

Suddenly, we did meet
I first learned your name on Derry Street
Midnight hair, a heart on fire
And in your back pocket a jackknife and pliers

You brought the John Hurt and you brought the Welch
Music so old it might die on the shelf
You brought your high-heals and you brought your books
You’d say the suits and their dogs are the crooks

I brought the Do Make and Julie Doiron
Stay up ‘til day brake singing this song
I brought the quilt stained with cat hair and wine
Embroidered with names of those we cast aside

A cold, cold night, in late, late fall
The cards and the whiskey were warming us all
Everyone left and our hearts lurched
We still debate who disclosed their crush first

Red-winged Blackbird, when you landed here
The wind was uncertain, the weather unclear
You came by the mountains, you came by the lakes
You didn’t know then how long you would stay

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from TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME, released March 10, 2017

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