midnight in trieste


Written: 2001
Released: 2001 on 'The Ballad Of Ruben Garcia'

The line 'men so often make the
shadows they pursue' comes from a poem by
Coleridge, 'Constancy to an Ideal Object' - "Nor
knows he makes the shadow he pursues"




And how the lightning lights again
All those memories of you
The hailstones on the glass
The skylight cracked in two
The little room beneath the eaves
Where the rain came dripping in
The stories of my life
I wrote upon your skin
The days when we gave up
The nights when we gave in
How every drop of rain
Takes me back again


And it's midnight in Trieste
And I can see your face again
And there's nothing but the wind
Howling through my veins
And the tears in my eyes
Mingle with the rain

And the smell of your perfume
And the thunder of the trains
And you say you'd better go
And when I kiss you you say don't
And when I say we'll meet again
You say you fool you know we won't
And the guard begins to shout
And the bell begins to ring
And you hold me close and whisper

Remember when you sing
Sing this song for me
For the Caffe Copenhagen
For the lights across the square
For the cherry blossom garden
And as the blossoms fall
As they will day by day
Amore mio un giorno
Ti dimenticherai di me
You said I would forget you
And though I've done my best
With sailor's wives and whisky
When it rains
It's always midnight in Trieste

And now the mornings seize no more
The gentle whispers of your scent
Sometimes I think we hardly knew
What we were or what it meant
And now everywhere I look
I see the ghosts of you
In the fog of every face
In everything I do
And I know what people say
And God knows I know it's true
That men so often make
The shadows they pursue


And it's midnight in Trieste
And I can see your face again
And there's nothing but the wind
Howling through my veins
And the tears in my eyes
Mingle with the rain
And the smell of your perfume
And the thunder of the trains
And you say you'd better go
And when I kiss you you say don't
And when I say we'll meet again
You say you fool you know we won't
And the guard begins to shout
And the bell begins to ring
And you hold me close and whisper
Remember when you sing
Sing this song for me
For the Caffe Copenhagen
For the lights across the square
For the cherry blossom garden
And as the blossoms fall
As they will day by day
Amore mio un giorno
Ti dimenticherai di me
You said I would forget you
And though I've done my best
With sailor's wives and whisky
When it rains
It's always midnight in Trieste

© Philip Jeays 2001
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