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There were movie posters all over your room
They’re still on the wall
But the theatre programs, Hawaiian shirts and TV Guides
They’re in boxes down the hall

Shouldn’t be left here
Should’ve been gone
Shouldn’t be kept here
With an unfinished song
Think of all of the people
Saying God why me?
Staring into the face of

Creating brilliance from the bits and pieces
Of the broken rules and tattered style
Using channeled aggravation
And misplaced indignation
You made it all worthwhile

Should’ve been left here
To carry on
Should’ve been kept here
To harmonize this song
I try to find a good reason
What good would that do?
Should’ve been left here
Somebody like you

Flyers litter the streets; with their photographs and descriptions
Wind has set them free
The hope is gone if it ever even existed
Crumbled like brittle leaves

Should’ve been left here
Should’ve been gone
You should’ve been kept here
To finish this song
I think of all of the wonder
You never lived to see
On my shoulder I feel it

Head down in the pouring rain
Head down on the blackest day


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




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