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The Only Perfect Love Song

from Antiques by Martin Lloyd Chitty

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lyrics

In the cupboard under the stairs
In the box between the wardrobe and the bed
Forty years of paperwork have coalesced
and formed like coral
Kathleen pulls the face that she makes
As she pores through the ages
Stories, letters, photographs, old maps
and torn out pages

But give her time
And soon she'll find
The only perfect love song
She wrote it down
And stored it away like a secret
Back when she was twenty one
Twenty one

Sat like a geisha, the sun 'cross her face
At her father's piano
Nobody's home, everything's quiet
She can sing what she wants now

She starts with the tonic and adds a ninth on it
It's ringing through her heart
Like aeroplanes, transcontinental trains
Brooding skies and old works of art

But give her time
And soon she'll find
The only perfect love song
She'll write it down
And store it away like a secret
After all she's only twenty one
Twenty one

And as the years went by, the Axminster carpet dimmed
And the leaves changed from brown, to green, and back again
And dust settled on shelves
As also on ourselves
And love's frail promise drifted from god knows where
To god knows when

John, the old widower
Has just moved in next door
Kathleen waits nervously
Tracing the lines on the score
He comes with a four track, a bass and a banjo
They both blow the dust of her father's piano
You think you'll forget but old muscles recall
The shapes of the chords and the cadence of falling in
Love, love, love
Two broken voices singing
The only perfect love song
She wrote it down
And stored it away like a promise
Back when she was twenty one
But though it felt near
So vivid and clear
Just like it felt back then
Oh, she wondered
She dared to wonder
Could I feel that again?
Could I feel that again?
Could I feel that again?
Could I feel that again?
Yeah I'll feel that again
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know that I'll feel it again
Yeah I'll feel it again
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know that I'll feel it again
I'll it again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again...
I'll feel that again

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from Antiques, released August 24, 2018
Written and performed by Martin Lloyd Chitty

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Martin Lloyd Chitty Lancaster, UK

Martin Lloyd Chitty is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer, based in London and Lancaster, UK. His distinctive strain of atmospheric folk blends lyrical storytelling with impeccably crafted melodies.

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