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Call Off Your Ghost

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Last night, old friend, big wedding
and I knew you’d be there too
Look at us
all grown up
collared shirts and high-heeled shoes
You cross the room
just the decent thing to do
make sure we’d all been introduced
you brought your new friend
I brought mine
shake hands
Pay courtesy its due
But it takes its toll
and it takes it whole

We’ve lived
too long, too close,
so call off your ghost

You’re asking can’t we just be friends
but this bell in my chest still rings
and it’s better to just pretend
that I can’t see you waving
can’t hear you call my name and
I know how much you hate it
But babe, I gotta walk away
You once said if we were careful
that we could do this all our lives
Ah, but one of us got clumsy
and both of us got wise
and now we’re not so young seems
our wishing well’s gone dry

We’ve been living
too long, too close,
and I’m ready
to let you go
I’m ready
so call off your ghost

I think she lives around here
I see her almost daily
all I can do to stop myself from saying something crazy
I don’t think badly of her
I hope she makes you happy
it’s just a lot to ask to watch your future
walking past me
I know that jealousy’s a perfect waste of time
but left to my devices,
I’ve spent far too long wasting mine



from Parts of Speech, released June 25, 2013
Production by Paper Tiger, vocals by Dessa, violin written and recorded by Jessy Greene.
Published by Lorem Ipsum (ASCAP) and Skip Steps 1&3 (ASCAP)



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Dessa Minneapolis

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice. Member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast. ... more


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