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lyrics

The day that I died, the last day of July
Been on my haunches all week, just waiting to leap
On the time I could sit by you
We were Friday and free, had an hour to be happy
But I was only there for you, the bar was just an excuse
And I bought a drink I didn’t need to spin my head and feel the heat
On the day that I died

The EKG line went flat
When that little girl smiled and you smiled back
And I knew I was in trouble,
Yeah I heard the ringing start

And my body raised the pitch into a shout
My little heart she beat til she gave out
The final chord rang out all drums and bells and harmony
Oh and you and me, the last day of July

The day that I died was a Friday night
Playing ping pong in the back yard
With black flies and PBR
At a picnic table making cautious conversation
Trying to keep my eyes from staring, trying to keep my hands from shaking
And I’d have thrown my cards away to force the hands of time to stay
On the day that I died

The death sentence came without a word
Just that dress and those shoes that you wore
Oh I knew I was in trouble
Yeah I heard the ringing start

And my body raised the pitch into a shout
My little heart she beat til she gave out
The final chord rang out all drums and bells and harmony
Oh and you and me, the last day of July

Play Taps for me, bury me at sea
I don’t mind, in your hands I’ll rest
Play Taps for me, bury me at sea
Oh I don’t mind, in your hands I’ll rest in peace
In peace

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from All These Dotted Lines, released May 10, 2016

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Beverly Stokes Ithaca, New York

A singer-songwriter with roots in the classical tradition, Beverly writes songs that embody "an extraordinary mixture of poetry and observation, a gentle lyricism that seems to arise simply, organically from [their] experience and observation."

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