Palimpsest

Collaborator: N/A

Song Type: , , ,

Associated Artists: Andrea Burns, Elena Shaddow

LYRICS:

WHEN I MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY,
YOU WERE THE MOST EXCITING PERSON I KNEW.
YOU MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH MANHATTAN
WHILE I WAS FALLING INTO YOU.

BEHIND EACH STOREFRONT WINDOW,
UNDERNEATH EACH COAT OF PAINT
IS THE STORY OF THE WAY THIS CITY USED TO BE.
I LOVED THE THINGS YOU LOVED IN NEW YORK CITY
BECAUSE YOU GAVE THEM TO ME.

“IT’S CALLED A PALIMPSEST,” YOU SAID
“WHEN THE THING THAT CAME BEFORE HAS DISAPPEARED
BUT STILL THE ESSENCE OF IT SHOWS,
LIKE THE WORDS THAT GET ERASED WHEN A SURFACE IS EFFACED.
THERE’S AN IMPRINT LEFT THAT NEVER GOES.”

WE HAD OUR TIME IN NEW YORK CITY.
THEN, LIKE YOU DO, WE STARTED DRIFTING APART.
YOU HEADED EAST AND FOLLOWED YOUR FORTUNE.
I TRAVELED WEST AND FOUND MY HEART.

YET THERE’S THIS PALIMPSEST, YOU SEE,
WHERE THE THING THAT CAME BEFORE HAS DISAPPEARED,
BUT STILL THE ESSENCE OF IT SHOWS.
YOU STILL SNEAK UP ON MY DAYS IN SUCH UNEXPECTED WAYS.
THERE’S A PART OF YOU THAT NEVER GOES.

SEASONS PASS. TIME SURE FLIES.
BUILDINGS FALL AND RIVERS RISE.
I MANAGE TO FORGET YOU EVERY NOW AND AGAIN,
AND THEN…

I FIND I’M BACK IN NEW YORK CITY.
IT’S OVERWHELMING HOW I’M HOME NOW, AT LAST.
I WALK BENEATH OUR FAVORITE LANDMARKS
AND SEE THEM ONLY IN THE PAST.

THAT WAS TOWER RECORDS WHERE WE’D BROWSE ‘TIL WE COLLAPSED,
AND OUR BAGEL SHOP IS LOST TO A VERIZON STORE.
I SEE THE WORLD WE SHARED IN NEW YORK CITY,
BUT IT’S NOT THERE ANYMORE.

SO I’M THE PALIMPSEST. IT’S ME!
ON THE OUTSIDE THIS NEW YORKER MOVED AWAY,
BUT STILL A GHOST IS LEFT BEHIND,
AND IT HOVERS HERE WITH YOU
WHERE I’M ALWAYS TWENTY TWO…
WITH MANHATTAN ON MY MIND.