fourteen: stories

okay this is one of those words that had my brain splintered in a million directions.

but where my mind’s eye kept landing, for some odd reason, was at the album cover of tracy chapman’s 2000 CD telling stories. which i must’ve owned, coz i think at one point i owned all of her albums. and there was a song on her special double-cd touring edition, that had some bonus tracks, including a live version of a song she had released in 1988 on her inaugural album. this song.

the lyrics continue to be so so relevant, 30 years (!) on, and her voice, singing them, is just as haunting as ever. please click on the link above – if i knew how to insert the video within the body of this entry, i would’ve.

behind the wall

last night i heard the screaming
loud voices behind the wall
another sleepless night for me
it won’t do no good to call
the police…always come late
if they come at all

(repeat first verse)

and when they arrive
they say they can’t interfere
with domestic affairs
between a man and his wife
and as they walk out the door
the tears well up in her eyes

last night i heard the screaming
then a silence that chilled my soul
i prayed that i was dreaming
when i saw the ambulance in the road
and the policeman said
“i’m here to keep the peace
will the crowd disperse?
i think we all could use some sleep.”

last night i heard the screaming
loud voices behind the wall
another sleepless night for me
it won’t do no good to call
the police…always come late
if they come at all

 

One thought on “fourteen: stories

  1. Definitely still relevant today. I like how these posts can be so unexpected to read, let’s me into your thoughts more and I love that.

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