Paper Lanterns

from by Beverly Stokes

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lyrics

I've been sweeping up the corners of my heart,
Hanging paper lanterns in the dark
Lining all my sets of Russian Dolls in a row
for you to open up, if you want

I've been running my hands over personal histories
Scars like pins on a map, bee stings, scraped knees
And a long straight line of a surgical knife
Do you have anything to show me?

You played all the strings with your thumb
Singing imperfect harmony at a hum
But the light around you is dancing with 24 karat dust
You can do no wrong

And some holographic version of you
Is the only one listening to these rivers of speech in my head
running rapids and chutes through my bed,
With a current that bears for the sea,
Sped on by the wondering
of do you wanna know how I take my coffee?

Because I've been piecing together the shards of my good luck
And letting the sun in where most of the windows were stuck
The doctors say my heart pumps too much blood
I think it's ruined me for normal love

You played all the strings with your thumb
Singing imperfect harmony at a hum
But the light around you is dancing with 24 karat dust
You can do anything that you want
You can do no wrong.

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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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