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THE MERMAID  (A song by Blake Grantham)

It was in Arizona as I recall
when I saw a mermaid swimming near a waterfall
For years I haven’t touched alcohol;
but some people say I was drinking

The wheels in my head started to turn
when I thought of how much money I’d earn
She just winked at me showing no concern
yet she knew what I was thinking

And she said

Chorus
    You know they’re gonna say you’re crazy
    Who can you tell?
    Who can you tell?
    That’s why your thoughts don’t faze me
    Who can you tell about me?

I kept on thinking
about the checks I’d be cashing
When she approached me
I didn’t even notice her splashing
Then she grabbed me
and I was in the shallows thrashing
Then I knew my plans were absurd

Her world and mine
are like night and day
She would have drowned me
if I tried to take her away
Then she blew me a kiss
and said she couldn’t stay
And I still remember the words

When she said

Chorus
    You know they’re gonna say you’re crazy
    Who can you tell?
    Who can you tell?
    That’s why your thoughts don’t faze me
    Who can you tell about me?

mermaidspoems/songs by Blake Grantham

• 09/26/2013


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