12 We'll Always Have Paris

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Recorded live at Conduit Arts, Carlton. May 2013.

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WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS


meet me below Napoleon's star
as it fell

meet me beyond absinthe
becoming poisonous
beyond the silences
shattered by emergency sirens
sounding across the Seine

past all these places
this is where you'll find me
where I'm waiting for you
I'm past all these places
in Paris

meet me past the places
where the fires in my eyes
have been stomped out
or blanket-smothered
eyes that have seen enough
to scream out your name

where nights were over
before they began
where doors were locked
languages butchered
in brazen attempts
where the frayed ends
of sentences I left off
unfinished...
bit back

past all these places
there is one more place
one meeting space
where second chances
really do exist
and there is still
the perfect time
still waiting ahead
I’m still waiting
ahead, to tell you
how I feel about

you

now meet me at times
when I didn't tell you why-
I wanted you to meet me here
meet me there

meet me where my intentions
match my resolve and the air
I breathe and the sky
are the same thing

just once just one time
where this dancing
around my feelings
really could be a dance

not this desperate
flight from fears
my fears that vulnerability
will lead to rejection
the way marijuana
leads to heroine
be my heroin

find me meet me
or meet me half way
give me a key
for the front door
leave me with a light on
inside

find me here
outside those others'
territorial demarcations
respective previous
we both needed to get away
from

find me here
where I (ahem) am declaring
and international law means
I get to keep this
courage through customs

Where my words are less confused
confiding instead of this hiding
my feeling felt,
for you

meet me
-there-


if you can't meet me in Paris

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from Product, released September 1, 2013
Music by Jacky T

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Randall Stephens Melbourne, Australia

Randall Stephens writes poetry about other poetry, cycling, sexuality, masculinity, dinosaurs and your boyfriend. People have called Randall controversial. Randall has called people losers.

Randall has toured extensively in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo.

Also competed in London and New York, but didn’t do very well so don’t tell him I mentioned that.
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