Before We Say Goodnight

from by Norma MacDonald

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My first attempt at writing music to someone else's lyrics. My friend Ronok (Bend the River) let me borrow these when I had writer's block.

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It could take a while til the night grows dark
And we stumble on the remnants of what’s really on our minds
All the hand-me-downs, the spirits and their callings
So let’s just wait a while before we say goodnight
The midnight sky still glows and theirs words in the distance
And things that can’t be said against the hours of the day
But you and I both know there’s no sense in arriving
So let’s just wait a while before we say goodnight
Like some bandit lost in darkness seeking shelter at your door,
From the shipwrecks and the sailors, from the dockyards in the morning
The lonely and the bored and the sufferers of wonder
You can watch them come and go like specks across the sky
But you and I are here and nothing’s really lasting
So let’s just wait a while before we say goodnight
The boot heels on the road upon the snow that’s falling
I could slip away to where the dead and I belong
But there’s still a song to write and I’d rather not be walking
So let’s just wait a while before we say goodnight

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from Burn the Tapes, released June 8, 2015

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Norma MacDonald Halifax, Nova Scotia

Norma MacDonald likes Gram Parsons records, potato chips, talking to strangers, David Lynch movies and swimming in the ocean. Her fourth album, "Burn the Tapes" was recorded over 13 months in rural Upper Musquodoboit, NS.

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