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Paper Cranes

from Owls by Danny Schmidt



Remember the days when our feet led the way
When a kiss was the cost of our slowness
And the circles we'd run were like laces undone
To be young and get caught once again

Remember the time long before the design
When the ink was as wet as the ocean
And we'd dance in the tide til the ink would subside
And our feet would print poems on sand

Remember the years when the days disappeared
Like the pages torn free from the ledger
Though the fury of hands met the day's chief demands
It was story so full, now it's empty

When was the line that we crossed and we signed
When we promised ourselves we could make it
Now we lie in the yard and plant seeds in our scars
And await the next rain that might wake us

Now remember the years when the days disappeared
Like the pages torn free from the ledger
And off they would fly, paper cranes in the sky
Til the moon was obscured by our treasures
Now the moon is obscured by our treasures


from Owls, released May 19, 2015


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Danny Schmidt Austin, Texas

Named to the Chicago Tribune's "50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years," Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, with lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt. ... more


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