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My Life in Pictures​/​My Life in Flames

from The Moon and The Sea by Ciat Conlin

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somenight
I'm standing in a stairwell
all the lights are angels
lights in little stores

and I might
if you really want me
wasting time 'till twenty
years before the war

and I will
take a train to London
fall in love with everybody
dying in the rain

and all of those little poems
between here
ecstatic for the theatre
you don't have to explain

maybe
we're underneath the sea now
I don't really know quite how
I can get away

so here is
another song for fiction
I'll call it my life in pictures
I'll call it my life in flames

and one night I will go out swinging
down above Los Angeles
the ghosts are in the air

and I will take my brother to a drive-in
drive an old convertible
feel the colors everywhere

and so beautyed when you're walking
we don't have to be talking
if you want to be alone

stage plays just made me so ecstatic
I dreamed trains in the attic
fifty years alone

like you'd go down above San Francisco
sinking down over golden rows
the Pacific in your hair

but I'm glad that you didn't disappear, oh
I really need you here right now
and I need you everywhere

and I'm ecstatic!
and I'm feeling hypomanic!
got to run up to the attic
and I've got to write a play

and every single line shall be a scripture
I'll call it my life in pictures
I'll call it my life in flames

and maybe I'd go to Mallorca just to speak Spanish for you
work at a seaside hotel, serve tourists in the sun

and maybe I'd go to Madeira just to see how you dreamed
drink bottles of sweet red wine and lie on the beach in the moon

and maybe I just wanna go all over the world with you
let's go down to Istanbul, go bowling in the rain

I know that you're the bottles on a sun-swept ship
in the Moroccan sea, and you'll never be the same

and the Comedian is standing in his mansion
there's no pictures in the bathroom
the kitchen isn't there

he's burning all his movies he says "you know,
I'm gonna die just like Vincent van Gogh,
but no one will ever care"

but now Lord, I've got this magic feeling
and now I feel I'm reeling
and I cannot explain

I've got to write another song for fiction
I'll call it my life in pictures
I'll call it my life in flames

and I dream one day
I'll feel everything at once
and I'll burst right through these 7 walls
and the moon will be my love

and I will give her all the things
I feel right now
and I'll tame her sadness on me
but it will never be enough

and I will be the ocean
stretched out wide beneath her
and I'll drink up her reflection
but it will never be enough

and now I've seen the secret colors
know I'll never be the same
I've got to live a life in pictures
I've got to live a life in flames

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from The Moon and The Sea, released May 28, 2021

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Ciat Conlin Chicago, Illinois

For a long time I lived at the top of a secret staircase, and each night I would go there to dream.

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