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(brooker / reid)*

Your multilingual business friend
Has packed her bags and fled
Leaving only ash-filled ashtrays
And the lipsticked unmade bed
The mirror on reflection
Has climbed back upon the wall
For the floor she found descended
And the ceiling was too tall

Your trouser cuffs are dirty
And your shoes are laced up wrong
You'd better take off your homburg
'cos your overcoat is too long
The town clock in the market square
Stands waiting for the hour
When it's hands they both turn backwards
And on meeting will devour
Both themselves and also any fool
Who dares to tell the time
And the sun and moon will shatter
And the signposts cease to sign



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    UnregisteredMay 12, 2012 at 9:03 am
    Reminds me of coming down many years ago - as reality trys to creep in and force the unreal calm and prettiness away - perfection or even happiness seeming unattainable - despite the the knowledge that it was all unreal immediate attempts to 'fit in' only highlight shortcomings -ending with a warning that if you continue to attempt to recreate the feelings they will eventually destroy any chance of returning to reality in a positive way - deep huh!
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    UnregisteredSep 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    The 'multi lingual business friend' in reality was a young and talented furniture designer, who gave up on her relationship with a much older friend. The mirror climbing back upon the wall refers to her realisation that the relationship was never going to work. The floor decending describes her gut wrenching feeling of remorse and guilt, the ceiling too tall meaning she could no longer reach out in the relationship.

    The town clock verse is a reflection by the young woman that she had no control of the time, the issues of age or the terrible effect her decision to quit the relationship had on her friend and probably herself. It takes a remarkably long time to build a relationship but an instant to be a fool and be devoured by a mistake perhaps?

    The chorus is the post relationship feeling she had of being wretched and inadequate.

    MS. 2011

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