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Penelope the Dancer

from The Moon and The Sea by Ciat Conlin

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lyrics

singing nights in Leftist quarters
taking trains across the borders
up into the hills of Chinatown

riding home at 3am
all the tears are back again
all the city silence all around

and in an empty movie theatre
stands an 8-foot ballerina
she's still dancing to shapes on the screen

and underneath the stars above
the sea lies waiting, lost in love
the moon's alive, her name's Penelope

well we're writing songs in old train stations
stealing art from exhibitions
upstairs all the libraries destroyed

I paint the songs, she writes the pictures
at night we steal old bathroom fixtures
keep 'em in a studio out in Montreuil

and I'd dream we'd find a time machine
and one day we'd go you and me
"you know that I wish that everyday"

and you could call me Dr. Proust
and I'd make up all different names for you
and we'd go down to Dublin in the rain

and in an empty movie theatre
stands an 8-foot ballerina
she's still dancing with no one to see

and underneath the stars above
the sea lies waiting, lost in love
the moon's alive, her name's Penelope

I think somehow of mismatched spoons
her perfume pervades the living room
one almost fits the other so it seems

and Herbert Dirt pervades the flooring
as she stops to tell another story
of people who were figments of each other's dreams

"I am made of stars," she said!
champagned she lay across the bed
staring up at all the stars above

and I'll be in a pirate submarine
and apparently I'm named Justine
sing me the one about insubmersible love

I was down on the floor of the grocery store
when the bombs went off before the war

explain the shadows of your form
how midnight lasts all afternoon

from the top of the cruise ship she fell down
she's sinking but she never drowns

and in a theatre by the sea
no one's there
but me

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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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