Omar's Song​/​First Dance

from by Eliot Eidelman

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Whenever I go to the bank or the post office
I ring your bell to see if you're home
and when you are I climb up and put a record on,
roll a spliff and we shoot the shit for awhile

In your shoeboxes full of photographs
are the memories of lovers
and pets from different continents

And you've seen so many beautiful things
in your life, as places and times go by
Now you live alone in your flat in Berlin
with your cat, just watching the days grow dim

It's a miracle that I found you here
halfway 'cross the Western hemisphere
and convenient that you live so near
to the only place that sells good beer
Right across from David Bowie's place
where he lived back in '78

Strange but not unknown
Strange but not unknown

When I'm a-going to the bank or the post office
I ring your bell to see if you're home
and whenever you are I climb up and put the kettle on,
crack a beer and we shoot the shit for a while

In your rooms full of artifacts
are strange paintings and the furniture
that I lived with in the desert once

And you've spent so many years alone
for someone who seems to be socially prone
Now you're living here, alone with your cat in Berlin
in a flat, just watching the days grow dim

It's a miracle that I found you here
halfway 'cross the Western hemisphere
and convenient that you live so near
to the only place that sells good beer around here
When I look into the wall you face
all I see is endless empty space

Strange but not unknown
Strange but not unknown

When we dance all I see
thoughts and colors swirling
'Round your eyes smile at me
while our feet are learning

Where to be I pretend
I know what I'm doing
Follow me let's see if we can keep it
movin' and groovin' and stewin' and brewin' and bakin' and shakin' and
quakin' and rakin', givin' and takin' and makin', awakenin'!

And it's cold outside
but in here it's warm and
I want to show you everything I'm knowin'
mmmmm now that we're flowin'

When we fall let it be
deeper and deeper we're falling
Turn around take a seat
sit up nice and tall and
Look at me as I pretend
I know what I'm doing
Follow me and let's see if we can keep it
movin' and groovin' and stewin' and brewin' and bakin' and shakin' and
quakin' and rakin', givin' and takin' and makin', awakenin'!

And it rains outside
but in here it's dry and
I want to show you everything I'm knowin'
mmmmm now that we're flowin'

When I look into your eyes I find

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from Handheld Recordings, Vol. 2: Awakenin'!, released November 3, 2018

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