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Wealthy Poet

from Victory Party by Geoff Berner

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My love, I am a wealthy poet,
Wealthy poet of renown. (repeat)
So when it’s time to run again,
Your wealthy poet of renown
Will bribe you cross a thousand borders,
Run you till you’re safe and sound.

I’ll get you a teardrop ruby,
Teardrop ruby for your throat. (repeat)
So when it’s time to run again,
We’ll take that ruby from your throat,
You will sew that red, red ruby
In the lining of your coat.

I’ll get you a pretty passport,
With your picture for the frame.(repeat)
So when it’s time to run again,
We’ll put your picture in the frame,
Soon you will forget this country,
Soon you will forget your name.

I’ll get you a book of matches,
Book of matches in your hand. (repeat)
So when the border guarders catch us,
With those matches in your hand,
You will burn your fingerprints,
Beyond all recognition.

The way you dance, you step so lightly,
Step so lightly, I can see, (repeat)
You’ll be the one I’ll take to run
A thousand borders,
Stepping lightly, Run with me.


from Victory Party, released March 8, 2011


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Geoff Berner Vancouver, British Columbia

Singer / songwriter / accordionist / novelist Geoff Berner's music combines klezmer, punk, political satire and Balkan dance rhythms. He writes sharp, literate songs that make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window - often all at the same time. Having built a cult following with his weirdly compelling stage presence, G.B. has a strange ability to create fun chaos. ... more

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