Mardi Gras

from Tape From Minnesota by Bob Frey

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Through the rain on the window of the corner cafe
i watched and i waited, I was feeling afraid
For, what could I tell you? What could you say?
I slowly got drunk as the hour grew late
I remember you wore a raincoat on the Fourth of July
We sat by the lake, the people passed by
Your body was shaking, your hand was in mine
Your mouth tasted wet as I kissed you goodbye


Now, it's only pieces I recall
The crazy couple fighting in the hall
All them ghosts you always thought you saw
And, the Mardi Gras

On a train, in a station, and the snow falling down
'Neath a bridge, in the Valley, there was no one around
Driving hours to the ocean with the money you scrounged
From your sister's new boyfriend before they slipped underground
You found that upstairs apartment, on the corner, we could barely afford
Met you friends, at the college, and we slept on the floor
I read the postcard you sent and I burned it and I waited for more
Watched you dance at the wedding, then I ducked out the door


Now, it's only pieces I recall
You sang your songs for quarters on the mall
All your Father's stories from the war
And, the Mardi Gras

New York City seems cold, in the winter, I remember your face
At a bar, in the Village, so hard to erase
California seems far, but I'm lonely, and I feel out of place
I always believed you understood my mistakes



from Tape From Minnesota, released May 1, 2004
Bob Frey - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica


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Bob Frey Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bob Frey is a longtime devotee to the art of writing and performing songs. His unique and memorable voice immediately engages his audience, the perfect vehicle for his wry, intelligent lyrics.
On each of these albums, Bob shows himself to be a versatile writer, his simple folk melodies forming a sound and solid base for his poetic observations and stories. He is the brother of author James Frey.
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