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Second Place

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I leave my home way too late,
stay longer than I ever should have stayed.
I worry that I missed my flight,
but as it happens if was just delayed

See I’m a lonely home girl,
thought that I deserved of nothing more.
But as I leave I hope I’m wrong -
Is there everything or nothing else in store?

You meet me at the airport
just like a childhood friend you don’t forget.
This strikes me as unusual
cause you and I have never even met

I wonder how you know me
and you tell your story of a little bird
I have no baggage with me so I carry yours,
now isn’t that absurd?

I listen to your dreams and I tell you most of mine I can recall
But there’s a dream you haven’t heard,
the only I thinks the most revealing of them all

In you I see a traveler,
you have been around the world and back again.
I say our roads are different,
you say all our roads are pretty much the same

While you revisit childhood
I leave behind my own and start anew
This is how our ages cross
and why I mind the difference a little less than you

I listen to your dreams and I tell you most of mine I can recall
But there’s a dream you haven’t heard,
the only I thinks the most revealing of them all

See in it there’s a boy about your height
and dare I say, roughly your weight
He looks just like you don’t ask me how I know
I’ve never even seen his face

Each time the place is different
from the shopping malls to windless sails on the lake.
But no matter where we are
that’s not the point that I am trying to make.

I listen to your dreams and I tell you most of mine I can recall
But there’s a dream you haven’t heard,
the only I thinks the most revealing of them all

See this boy he’s just a dream
and as I say, I don’t think dreams are true
But you met me at the airport and I figured out just then
that boy is you.

So now that we have met,
I hope we never go our separate ways.
And even if we do I have my dreams,
and that’s not bad for second place.

credits

from Weeds & Wildflowers, released October 27, 2014
Violin and additional production: Ryan Avery
Written by Ryan Avery

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Emily Zisman San Francisco

Emily Zisman is a talented singer songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since picking up the guitar at the tender age of eight Emily’s musical journey has taken her all over the world. She has graced the stages up and down both sides of the United States and has performed internationally at festivals in Europe. ... more

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