Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Court and Spark

This song is such a time capsule for me.  It is high school, and my old dear friends, and the sand dunes in northwest Indiana.  It is sunsets over Lake Michigan who was a companion, not just a body of water.  It is late night bonfires on the beach, steel string music and sore fingers and faces sore from smiling and laughing.  It is Alice, and Katie, and Kelly, and Kevin, and Andy.  It is Joyce and Karen-now-Kerry, and Bruce and Craig and Cary and others whose faces are now a blur.  It is friendships meant to last forever when we didn't know how far the future could spread, how far we would go.  This song is a story, sure.  But it is a time and place and it takes me back like no picture ever could.  

Love came to my door
With a sleeping roll
And a madman's soul
He thought for sure I'd seen him
Dancing up a river in the dark
Looking for a woman
To court and spark

He was playing on the sidewalk
For passing change
When something strange happened
Glory train passed through him
So he buried the coins he made
In People's Park
And went looking for a woman
To court and spark

It seemed like he read my mind
He saw me mistrusting him
And still acting kind
He saw how I worried sometimes
I worry sometimes

"All the guilty people," he said
They've all seen the stain-
On their daily bread
On their christian names
I cleared myself
I sacrificed my blues
And you could complete me
I'd complete you

His eyes were the color of the sand
And the sea
And the more he talked to me
The more he reached me
But I couldn't let go of L.A.
City of the fallen angels


Nic E said...

Beautiful Joni...

Cary Allen said...

That brings back some nice memories. I've really been enjoying your retrospective since I discovered it. Joni is such an amazing artist. I had to start listening to Hejira and Hissing of Summer Lawns after I heard this. Those albums blew my mind. Also stumbled on this jam session with Joni and some jazz greats, which is super cool:

Who knew Herbie Hancock had his own TV show at one time?

Waiting to see if Joe Walsh's 'Ordinary Average Guy' makes your list ;).