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Curtain Falls

from A Portrait of the Artist by joe Wilford

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Well there’s a picture I can see it clearly in my mind’s eye
It’s of you standing on a cliff with your arms spread wide
And it makes me smile ‘cause I can remember the look on your face

You went away so suddenly
we feel cheated inside
Listened to the rumors, the conjecture, the falsehoods and lies
And there’s just no explanation that is going to make it all okay

So the mystery intrigues us since we’ll never know
Whether it was something deep inside that you tried not to show
It’s not like the answer is on a paper in a cardboard shoebox
Labeled with a piece of tape marked “Why”

Still your notes and journals they don’t offer a clue
Sure there’s frustration and depression and the dark side of you
But we all have our own demons frothing at the mouth
Trying to rake and claw their way into our lives

And why, why I don’t really understand
Sound and fury signify nothing
You hear the curtain calls
And then the curtain falls


from A Portrait of the Artist, released February 12, 2004
Words and music: joe Wilford and Tom Gallison




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