Smoke Signals

from by Shawn Waggoner

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In watching a TV show called Freaks and Geeks with my son, I was reminded of the qualities of love in the 1970s. Also I researched smoke signals, and if they were sent from the top of the hill, this was indeed a very urgent message.


Smoke Signals

It’s 2 am, I dial the telephone
Inside the phone booth my breath forms a cloud
I’m trying to get a message to you
I put on a Springsteen record
As the black vinyl spins inside the music I go
I’m trying to get a message to you

Millions of letters on fine paper
Swirling and flying through the air
A blizzard of words, green apple perfume
Encircles your house
Then burns and descends

Sleeping bag, transistor radio
The nights are not as long with voices from so far away
I’m trying to get a message to you

Smoke signals
From the top of the hill
Going nowhere
Truth is too hard to hear
Can you feel my words
Kissing your cheek
Smoke signals
Of the secrets that I keep

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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