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The Nearabouts Woman


Nearabouts, at five to six,

the woman next door left the man

still sleeping next to her.

She took the key off the wall

gasped briefly for air, then vanished.

She thought she could leave for good.


The door slammed shut as she shuddered

remembering the letter in her bag concerning him,

the man she wrote to a long time ago

embellished word for word --

but no mention of leaving for good.


She spoke of the raging sea

that scorched the heavens,

of the day left unbroken by the night

of the consuming gaze that neither would forget.

Goodbye my love, see you soon, auf Wiedersehen!


Now she is poised in the here and now.

She senses something is in the air,

but only time has made her come unstuck.

Days slip away from her.

Without her the bed is too empty.

She cannot leave for good.


Nearabouts, at five past six,

the woman from next door

lies down beside the man

still fast asleep beside her.

Very slowly she peels off her dress

and pulls up the cover.

A reunion -- how do you do that?


She dreams of the raging sea...


© 17 Hippies, Hipster-Records 2004

M: Max Manila (Christopher), T: Max Manila (Kiki)

Translation: Matthew Partridge

Album "IFNI"

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Taken on September 19, 2008