Strictly Speaking

from by noah mclaughlin

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in a real sense, you are not here
just a ghost and her words
in that same way, i am absent
we have but dreams upon this earth

with nothing but poetry and your crooked smile
that blush could make a man walk a hundred miles
how long has it been since lust last let me in
strictly speaking
it's been a while

i try with all my might to shadow
those steps that once seemed so clear
then you remind me, it's a slow waltz
you distract me from my fear

i have this 1, 2, 3 and your embrace
you have white satin and your crimson lace
there are a hundred things of beauty in this world
but strictly speaking
it's you i chase

i close my mouth to swallow
every last phrase that you might say
i open my eyes up to follow
your every last swing and sway

you are a curve to my straight line
you turn my head with your swerve fine
how long can we go on without a single touch
strictly speaking, it's time
how i long to hear you say those simple words
"strictly speaking, you're mine"


from the curve, released September 22, 2012




noah mclaughlin Atlanta, Georgia

french professor by trade. songwriter by passion. pretentious lyrics by choice.

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