Genuflecting Skyscrapers

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Outside my window I can hear the call to prayer
Rising over brownstones and mingling with the air
And it soothes me like the church bells playing Angelus at noon
Be still the Brooklyn evening sky
Be still the summer solstice moon
Tonight her majesty returns prepare your most rejoiceful tune

'Cause out in the restaurants and the open-air cafes
Lovers hit the brown bags and chess is being played
While the old men sitting in the park
Fall in love and sip champagne
Cause ever since her majesty’s been gone
This town just hasn’t been the same
But tonight the order is restored
And forever shall remain

So bow down you skyscrapers
Lay low your heights
Prepare you avenues the festivals of lights
For the queen returns tonight
To the rush of the raging rivers
To the beacon burning bright
To the clamor of the headlight highways
To the pigeons taking flight
To the rhythm of the beating on the buckets
To the rush of wind from the downtown trains
To the frenzy of the mad violinist
Turning music into change
She can make the marble lions roar
Make the ambulances sing
Rejoice and be glad
Tonight the queen returns to the county of the kings


from Corporal Spirits, released June 1, 2012



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