I Know You Know Me (Hey You)

from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades by Jonathan Segel



from "All Attractions" 2012


standing in the foyer of the new york public library
on 5th avenue and 42nd street
i need to look up a word, to find out what to say to you
for when we finally meet
but every word in every dictionary
changes its meaning every day
frustrated, searching for that word i never find on the page
i'll never know just what to say
so i say
hey you look over here
hey you i know you know me dear/known me for years

looking through the vaults of the steinhart aquarium
i'm trying to find a missing link
between the world you live in and my dictionary,
and the wine that we drink
but every animal eludes close scrutiny
and seems to fade into the air
i never find out how to traverse worlds easily
so i'll pretend that i don't care
and i'll say
hey you

i'm digging through the sands of deserts that once were lush
with trees of green and skies of blue
searching for artifacts of ancient cities of lore
for the map that leads back to you
but every grain of sand that passes through my hand
contains memories of the past
i have to count each one to figure out what we have done
and how we found our love at last
each one says
hey you

i see you in the darkness of the forest in the evening
in the shadows where you run
in crowds along the platforms of every subway station
in every thread that comes undone
i'm using all of my mental powers
just to make you turn your head
then all the spells and all the talismans i'm looking for
will be redundant and it will be unsaid
so i say


from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, released September 3, 2013


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Jonathan Segel is a musician and composer, playing guitar, violin, computer, keyboards, electric bass and singing, etc.

He plays solo and with Camper Van Beethoven and Øresund Space Collective
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