Manhattan Is an Island

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This town has answered seven of my questions
And then opened forty-nine
I could submerge into the Hudson
And then resurface on the Rhine

I don’t see how Waverley Place
Can intersect with itself
I must be on the crosstown fault line
Of the city’s continental shelf

I do not know the sound
Of one hand clapping in the woods
Shoe-tying 101
I have barely understood

Even with my eyes wide open
I can hardly tell the day from night
But I know Manhattan is an island
Tonight

Could someone tell me where I’m going
I just came here on a whim
These legs have carried me forever
Now they’re turning into phantom limbs

Explain how we go from strolling
Around Tompkins Square Park
To an untimely demise
In the courtyard of St. Mark’s

Asked for the colour of the sky
I will surely throw a blank
Where the self goes when it dies
Do not ask this mortal man

Ask me to square a circle
And I’ll say “Pi multiplied by height”
But I know Manhattan is an island
Tonight

My hands are going too now
I’m slouching closer to the ground
Is it something I have eaten
What if I’ll never be found

Now I’m on the back of mother’s bike
And my foot got stuck in the spokes
Strange how the mind turns inward
When you’re about to croak

The names of my closest friends
I have all but forgot
Ask me if ignorance is bliss
And you’ll be enlightened on the spot

Quiz me on the twelve apostles
And I will guess one or two right
But I know Manhattan is an island
Tonight

All I know is Manhattan is an island
Tonight

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from Damn Poets, released June 3, 2011
Track art incorporates a photograph by "ZeroOne":
www.flickr.com/photos/70591690@N00/2865833414/

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