Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tea and Sympathy

I just discovered this song by American singer/songwriter/musician Janice Ian last week, and I wonder how it's possible that I've never heard it before...  It's about loss, and it's melancholic, sad and really, really good!



TEA AND SYMPATHY
by Janice Ian
I DON’T WANT TO RIDE THE MILK TRAIN ANY MORE
I’LL GO TO BED AT NINE, & WAKEN WITH THE DAWN
AND LUNCH AT HALF PAST NOON
DINNER PROMPT AT FIVE
THE COMFORT OF A FEW OLD FRIENDS LONG PAST THEIR PRIME

PASS THE TEA & SYMPATHY
FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS LONG GONE
LET’S DRINK A TOAST TO THOSE WHO MOST
BELIEVE IN WHAT THEY’VE WON
IT’S A LONG LONG TIME ‘TIL MORNING
PLAYS WASTED ON THE DAWN
I’LL NOT WRITE ANOTHER LINE,
FOR MY TRUE LOVE IS GONE

AND WHEN THE GUESTS HAVE GONE
I’LL TIDY UP THE ROOM
I’LL TURN THE COVERS DOWN
AND GAZING AT THE MOON
WILL PRAY TO GO QUITE MAD
AND LIVE IN LONG AGO
WHEN YOU & I WERE ONE, SO VERY LONG AGO

PASS THE TEA & SYMPATHY
FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS LONG GONE
LET’S DRINK A TOAST TO THOSE WHO MOST
BELIEVE IN WHAT THEY’VE WON
IT’S A LONG LONG TIME ‘TIL MORNING
PLAYS WASTED ON THE DAWN
I’LL NOT WRITE ANOTHER LINE,
FOR MY TRUE LOVE IS GONE

AND WHEN I HAVE NO DREAMS
TO GIVE YOU ANY MORE
I’LL LIGHT A BLAZING FIRE
AND WAIT WITHIN THE DOOR
AND THROW MY LIFE AWAY
“I WONDER WHY?” THEY ALL WILL SAY
AND NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
FOREVER AND A DAY

PASS THE TEA & SYMPATHY
FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS ARE DEAD
LET’S DRINK A TOAST TO THOSE WHO BEST
SURVIVED THE LIFE THEY’VE LED
IT’S A LONG LONG TIME ‘TIL MORNING
SO BUILD YOUR FIRES HIGH
NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
FOREVER BY YOUR SIDE

Copyright © Janis Ian/her co-writer(s) if any/their publisher(s). All rights reserved

3 comments:

  1. You posted this and today I just posted a song by a Danish/Norwegian group!

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  2. Very sad!

    Love your baby wearing picture! I <3 baby wearing!

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  3. Hello I saw the comment you posted on my blog and wow it is so cool that I have a follower from Norway. I have never made it out of the US!! I saw the one post you said about summer. How long does summer last for you guys. It seems sometimes it will never end for us. I look forward to reading about you life. Your pictures are awesome and you have a beautiful family as well.

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