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Faintly Falling

from A Portrait of the Artist by joe Wilford

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At thirty-one it all came undone
Steuben—My friend
So young and so sprite living on the razor of life
Of a sudden came the end
An artist’s eye with a spark you cut deep made your mark
On the stage of men

Served your time in jail never once thought to fail
You forged ahead
With your camera you’d find so much quality time
Only to end up dead
The coroner said suicide but we all know she lied
That bitch wasn’t in your head

Now some Entenmanns cakes and all the video tapes
Are all that remain
You’ve been taken away
The final scene of this play
Nothing is the same

Though your spirit soars free
Off to create in eternity
You’re still not here

Your life wasn’t a joke
There’s no doubt about that
Amongst all the grief we feel for your loss
I know somewhere out there
You’d smile and still want us to laugh


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




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