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17. Red and gold

The first street lights are coming on
It’s only five and the day’s just gone
Rain is tipping down
Splashing in puddles on the ground around me
Winter’s coming on
And there’s a breeze,
Blowing though the trees
It’s shaking down
All the last leaves
What is it telling me?

It says Autumn is your time of year
It’s the time when we first got near
I remember walking on frosty nights
Under the moon and the orange street lights
Shadows kissing on the wall
The fear and the sadness growing small
There’s no need to feel cold
Can’t you see – we’re going, we’re going red and gold.

The kids coming back to school
With their bags and their crayons
And their brand new shoes
Kicking through the leaves in the park
Watching the river till it gets dark
Strolling down to the sea
Get on a train to the west country
There’s no need to feel old
Can’t you see – we’re going, we’re going red and gold.

I am a cave you are the sea
Rolling into me

Met a man once he said to me
Open your eyes it’s amazing what you can see
Come on open up your heart too
It’s amazing what you can be.
When I think about what he said
I know one thing is true
All this going gold and red
I couldn’t have done it without you.


from A short stay in longevity, released May 25, 2013


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Simon Beavis Brighton, UK

Simon Beavis is a writer and musician based in Sussex in the UK. This is his first solo album, bringing together songs, tunes and poems written over 15 years. He has also written songs for two albums by the acoustic roots band, in cahoots.

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