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Lethal Life and Other Versified Leftovers
by Carl Halling
05/05/11
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1. It Wasn’t So Long Ago

I shaped a heart outside her door
With the matches I’d procured
We had our season in the sun
Our romance when we were young

It wasn’t so long ago
A new time may have grown
And so many tears have flown
But it wasn’t so long ago

A melody plays from time gone by
All the years between them fly
I’m back in her tender arms once again
Embracing in the summer rain

It wasn’t so long ago
A new time may have grown
And so many tears have flown
But it wasn’t so long ago

Time rushes by like a hurricane
And leaves so much chaos in its wake
Run to the one you love tonight
Say something tender
Find it in your heart
Don’t wait too long

Two lovers kissed on a summer morn
And a lifetime love was born
A love that makes a man a king
And a maid’s heart start to sing

It wasn’t so long ago
A new time may have grown
And so many tears have flown
But it wasn’t so long ago

2. (Your Beautiful) Lethal Life

Shooting star
With a quicksilver mind
You deserve to go so far
Can’t someone stop you
Before you ruin your soul
With irreversible harm?

Drinking all day
Every single day
Out of your head on booze
Is this the life
Is this the way
A gifted child should choose?

Your beautiful lethal life
My friend
Has sent you around the bend
Your foolish defiant
Dionysian dance
Could soon be at an end

But you don’t care
Do you shooting star
As you drift in your blissful dream

3. Thoughts of a Forlorn Flâneur

Early days as a flâneur
I recall the couple
On the Métro
When I was still innocent
Of its labyrinthine complexities
Slim pretty white girl
Clad head to toe
In new blue denim
Wistfully smiling
While her muscular black beau
Stared straight through me
With fathomless, fulgorous orbs
And one of them spoke
(Almost in a whisper):
"Qu'est-ce-que t'en pense?"
Then it dawned on me…
The slender young Parisienne
With the distant desirous eyes
Was no less male than I

Being screamed at in Pigalle
And then howled at again
By some kind of wild-eyed
Drifter who told me to go
To the Bois de Boulogne to seek
What he clearly saw as my destiny
Getting soused in Les Halles
With Sara
Who’d just seen Dillon as
Rusty James
And was walking around in a daze
Sara again with Jade
At the Caveau de la Huchette

Cash squandered
On a cheap gold-plated tootbrush
Portrait sketched at the Place de Tertre
Paperback books
By Symbolist poets
Second hand volumes
By Trakl and Delève
And a blouson noir from
The Marché de Puces
At the Porte de Clignancourt

Métro taken to Montparnasse
Where I slowly sipped
A demi-blonde
In one of those brasseries
(Perhaps)
Immortalised by Brassai
Bewhiskered loup de mer
In a naval officer's cap,
His table bestrewn
With empty wine bottles
And cigarette butts,
Repeatedly screeched the name
"Phillippe" until a bartender
With patent leather hair,
Filled his wineglass to the brim,
With a mock-obsequious
"Voilà, mon Capitaine!"

I cut into the Rue de Bac,
Traversed the Pont Royal,
Briefly beheld
Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois,
With its gothic tower,
Constructed only latterly,
In order that
The 6th Century church
Might complement
The style of the remainder
Of the 1er Arrondissement
Before steering for the
Place de Châtelet,
And onwards...les Halles!

4. Such a Mighty God

Such a mighty God,
Such a lovely Lord;
From the heart of a Heavenly Father,
Such a precious Word.

He has you in his arms,
He'll never let you fall,
He'll fill your soul with calm,
He'll always hear your call.

Such a mighty God,
Such a lovely Lord.
From the heart of a Heavenly Father,
Such a precious Word.

Let us all rejoice,
We have a destiny,
From a sinful choice,
We have been released.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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