why'd you give your gold

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a summer dusk
the sun is hot
the stadium
a crowded clot
the city out to see the racing day

the ladies fan their pasted face
the men bet on the final race as
anxious fingers fumble through the bills

the horses line up at the gate
the jockeys told to take their place
the shot is fired
and off and off they go

the inner lane, the pride and joy
jockey rode him as a boy
many men bet he would win that day

for laps and laps and laps they flew
their muscles rippled, all they knew
was blood and toil prepared them for this race

the crowd it roared
the jockeys screamed
the horses sweat
their eyes they gleamed
they whip and grasp and reach and spit and grind

and finally
through all the fray
emerged the favorite of the day
the final lap approached and so it led

as they round the final bend
just about to cross the line
it turned around and ran the other way

it hangs a right
and leaps the gate
it clears the door
to run away
and down the streets
it runs, it runs, it runs

and when it cleared the city lights
the day had faded into night
it came upon an overlooking hill

and as it gazed into the stars
the news arrived in all their cars
and all they had to say


why'd you give your gold
for a glimpse at the moon?


from you leave me with no words to say, released April 6, 2014
Written & Produced by Aaron Faucher



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