Song Lyric Sunday: 2 for New Years

 A Happy New Year (my dear acquaintance) Regina Spektor

My dear acquaintance, it’s so good to know you
For strength of your hand
That is loving and giving
And a happy new year
With love overflowing
With joy in our hearts
For the blessed new year
Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer
For us all who are gathered here
And a happy new year to all that is living
To all that is gentle, kind, and forgiving
Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer
My dear acquaintance, a happy new year
All of those who are hither and yonder
With love in our hearts
We grow fonder and fonder
Hail to those who we hold so dear
And hail to those who are gathered here
And a happy new year to all that is living
To all that is gentle, young, and forgiving
Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer
My dear acquaintance, a happy new year
Happy new year

 

New Year’s Day Mary Chapin Carpenter

We are sitting at a table in a bar in Baltimore
It’s the last night of December
And the room is nearly full
And the front door pulls a draft in every time it opens wide
And you are telling me a story
From another time and life
And the waitress brings our order
And we’re tucked in mighty close
And I feel like we belong among
The living and these ghosts
And I know that I am dreaming
As I memorize each part
In the telling lies a reverie
In the details lie the heart
Like the folds of summer dresses
Like the scent upon my wrist
Like the way you played guitar
Like a boxer punches with his fist
And taken or just lost to me
It’s better now to say
I dwell in possibility
On New Year’s Day
There’s a jukebox or a bandstand
And we’re on another round
And the night’s just getting started
Or the night’s just winding down
And your stories are not clouded yet by the ale
Or by the gin
They just make me feel as if I’ve known you
All my life again
Like the folds of summer dresses
Like the scent upon my wrist
Like the way you played guitar
Like a boxer punches with his fist
And taken or just lost to me
It’s better now to say
I dwell in possibility
On New Year’s Day
And this is what it looked like
When we started walking home
The night sky bleached to silver
Against the city’s bones
In dreams or in our waking
It’s just enough to say
Love and grace and endless flowers
Be ours on New Year’s Day
And the folds of summer dresses
And the bangles on my wrist
And the way you played guitar
Like a boxer punches with his fist
And taken or just lost to us
It’s better now to say
We dwell in possibility
On New Year’s Day

 

For Song Lyric Sunday in response to Helena’s pick: The Pentatonix’s New Year’s Day. I went looking for a New Year’s song, and found two by artists I’ve wandered away from. Definitely confirmed that I should wander back.

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3 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: 2 for New Years

  1. Helen Espinosa December 27, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    Wow! I loved them both but I have to say that Mary Chapin Carpenter’s voice is magic and the lyric “we dwell in possibilities on New Years Day” is perfection. Thanks for sharing. I might actually start listening to both artists! :)

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    • tale weaver/ing December 27, 2015 / 11:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the music — called you Helena by mistake; mind is elsewhere.
      I hadn’t listened to either — I have a month’s free trial of a music service, so I should listen to more of their music again.
      I agree that M.C.C’s voice is magic.

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      • Helen Espinosa December 27, 2015 / 11:03 pm

        No worries. I knew what you meant! I love the streaming music service. :)

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