On Valentine's Day

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That winter was colder far than any that I remember.
Snow fell on snow and turned to ice where it lay.
The girl lived above me and the last time I saw her
Was two or three days before Valentine's Day.

The sound of her typewriter was loud sometimes late at night
And I heard her cry once or twice in the day
Each morning I watched her as she walked to the telephone
And shivered there talking, to who I can't say.

That afternoon she played the same record endlessly
Into the night - it wasn’t easy to bear.
I woke the next morning to the cries of the children
At a window left open to the cold morning air.

We broke down the front door with the help of a passer-by
The smell of the gas so strong it made our throats raw
We found bread for the toddler and milk for the baby
And a towel soaked with water jammed under the door

They closed the doors gently on the back of the ambulance.
My breath froze before me as they drove her away.
A day or two later her husband came by
And moved in his mistress, on Valentine's Day.

I think of her now and them, and how she would talk to me,
A foolish old man with my hair turned to gray.
And somewhere I still have the card that I bought,
Half-meaning to give her on Valentine's Day.
Yes, somewhere I still have the card that I bought
Half-meaning to give her on Valentine’s Day.


from X, released December 21, 2014



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Showcasing the acclaimed songwriting of leading Hollywood screenwriter JOHN BROWNLOW, Sportswriters’ soulful, hook-driven power-pop draws on influences from three decades of classic pop, rock and soul -- from the Zombies and Byrds, through Bacharach, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Al Green, Wilco and Blur, all the way to the stomping neo-soul of Cee-Lo Green. ... more

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