calamities of lovers

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Calamities of Lovers

Broken hearted writers you may hear them sing:
(A cri de coeur, a wailing at the sun)
“Every piece of paper I ever stained with ink
Couldn’t keep my only one”

“No one cares for me No one cares to get out of my way And let me be”

All the lovesick draftsmen you may hear them sing
Schematize the hearts of broken men
“All this engineering, my cautious ink
Couldn’t bring her back again”

All the lovesick samurai you may hear them sing
Fighting for their lovers who have gone
Kneeling in the morning at the rising sun
Committing seppuku at dawn

Broken hearted seamstresses you may hear them sing
Stitching all their pain into their clothes
Mending what is riven, mending what is torn
And there is much for them to sew

Broken hearted lovers you may hear them sing
At the ocean pleading with the tide
“From time to time my lover shows up in my dreams”
Then she’s mine all mine

“No one cares for me No one cares to get out of my way Not even me”


from the art of swimming, released June 20, 2017



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leo crandall Syracuse, New York

I am a singer/songwriter/composer. I play the requinto, cello and guitar. I have toured Africa sponsored by the State Dept., nominated for Australia’s Bluestar Award, charted #14 nationally in Roots and Blues, received a Meet the Composer Grant. I have composed film scores, dance scores, theater music and ambient sound for installations. My music has been heard all over the world. ... more

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