Goodbye Raven

from by Shawn Waggoner

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Actually, a woodpecker inspired this song, but i changed it to a raven. Woodpecker is a much harder word to work with. The imagery one invents on their own is way more powerful than any message I could spell out. This became the title track when I saw Judith Schaechter's gorgeous artwork. Her piece, Feral Child, seemed like a visual representation of both of my songs, Goodbye Raven and My Perfect Death.


Goodbye Raven

In the alley there’s a raven on a telephone pole
Tapping out a song, but he aint home,
He flies out to the train tracks, can’t wait til he gets back
to his condo beneath the wires of the phone

On the table there’s a box in my mother’s home
I’m spilling out all over, I am gone
She sees me on the floor there, underneath the black and blue chair,
smiles and puts a clean fresh apron on

Come on Summer, we’ve waited so long
Flowers in your eyes are all but gone
Car alarms and sirens replace the sound of rain
Bring back starry night skies, bring back barefoot dreams

Go on Raven, fly again
Over trailer parks and burned out tents
You’ll fly higher, than last summer
Higher than we’ve seen
Keep on going Raven til all the fields turn green
You cannot return
You cannot return
All the bridges burn
You cannot return
Goodbye Raven

Copyright 2012 Shawn Waggoner


from Goodbye Raven, released September 7, 2012



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Shawn Waggoner Colorado

Shawn Waggoner began her music career in Austin, as the lead singer of the successful blues band, Blue Recluse. In '97, the band went on hiatus and Waggoner composed songs for her first cd, Contemplating Cacti. With a new focus on original, acoustic music, Waggoner teamed up with bassist David Farrell for three more cds. Each made its mark on the alternative-folk and Americana genres. ... more

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