Dear Dalí

from by Danny Saucedo

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about

Dedicated to my exes, who inspired me to write, for better or worse
And dedicated to Gabe Marx, for being a fan from day one

lyrics

I was looking for a book that I could lend to Gabe
That would teach him about Dalí
Instead out fell a letter from my first love
The enigmatic melody

It went “…ups and downs…”
“…I’m so glad that I found you…”
“…if something goes wrong
I hope that you’re still around me…”

A welcome home nine years late
Just in time for a ten-year reunion
I don’t have much to say
Except I hope that time heals all wounds

Like “…why won’t she call?”
“…why won’t he leave me alone?”
“…it’s all my fault
And now all hope is lost…”

But it’s not
Oh, time takes a bookmark
And tucks it away until you’re ready
To turn the page

Surreal as it seems
The seams come undone
Sand separates from Sea
And Sky separates from Sun

I was listening to a record that I wrote for you
When I could not remember why
I felt justified to tear you apart tune by tune
When you could never reply

I went “…how could you?”
“…I am the victim…”
“…our love was true
And now it’s ripped asunder…”

I was listening to a love song I sang for you
When I thought about a line
Do all the love songs that once meant so much to me and you
Still haunt you after all this time?

They go “…God only knows…”
“…I may not always love you…”
“…where would I be without you?”
“…I’m so sure about it…” [1]

But I’m not
Oh, time takes a bookmark
And tucks it away until you’re ready
To turn the page

Surreal as it seems
The seams come undone
Sand separates from Sea
And Sky separates from Sun

So I sing this song to Gabe
And think about what remains
Because eventually a love song dies
And eventually so does the pain
But he keeps it alive
And they keep it alive
As long as they care
The love is still there
And even if that’s not true
I’m gonna sing it like is
And even if I don’t love you
I know he will listen to this
But if you keep it alive
Then I’ll keep it alive
As long as we care
The love is still there

But it’s not
Oh, dog-eared and fearful
You’ll get an earful of my story
Until I turn the page

credits

from Wish The Time Away, released March 16, 2015
Mastered by Lennon Woodbury

[1] Wilson, Brian and Tony Asher. "God Only Knows." Pet Sounds. LP. Capitol. 1966.

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