All the People

from by Eliot Rose

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The cars may contain friends of yours
En route to places where I may have been before
And the lights that shine through the cracks in blinds
The thoughts that pine for you from behind closed doors
They could be strays or they could be mine
‘Cause instead of sleeping on the weekend
I’ve been going out and keeping score

Of all the people who are going out as you are coming in
All the evenings that are ending, all the nights yet to begin
The many ways that we could fall in love or maybe just be friends
Right then or never
All the ladies, all the gentlemen, the girls and all the boys
All the eye contact and phone calls, all the thoughts not given voice
So many ways that we could fall in love it was as if we had the choice
Right then or never

That night our shadows were chasing fast
Swimming laps in pools of light cast by the streetlamps as we strolled on past
Silent a while, then audibly you smiled
Between your teeth were all the questions you could ask
The things I’d say, if I might or if I may
Heavy with the weight of every coming day
Through which this love could last

All the people who are going out as you are coming in
All the evenings that are ending, all the nights yet to begin
The many ways that we could fall in love or maybe just be friends
Right then or never
All the ladies, all the gentlemen, the girls and all the boys
All the eye contact and phone calls, all the thoughts not given voice
And when I told you that I loved you it wasn’t as if I had the choice
Right then or never

Well our eyes introduced our minds
And then our thoughts said how do you do
And they came back and told our bodies
That they ought to come along too
At first our hearts were slow to follow
But pretty soon they got the clue
And in due time our souls intertwined
And then everybody knew
‘Cause we’d read love poems and sonnets
Even limericks and haiku
Written romance novels, mash notes,
Xs, Os, and I heart Us
We sang a lot of stupid love songs
But then we thought, “What if they were true?
Well, I never”
Yeah all the kittens and the tomcats
All the cougars and the coots
All the peacocks flaunting plumage
With the chicks in hot pursuit
Well, they all took to the dance floor
When Pan tootled on his flute
And in the prevailing state of nature
All kinds of romance could take root
All the sopranos sang a sha-na-na-na
The baritones sang shoo-be-doo
Some of the babes resembled Bardot
A lotta the dudes looked like Depardieu
A lotta drama and a little comedy
And the middle, just me and you
Now and forever

I’ve been trying to work it out in advance
Running round town just to catch your glance
A little science and a little bit of circumstance
No I don’t, no I don’t want to leave nothing to chance

I’ve been patient, I’ve been lying in wait
Counting down the hours and blocking off dates
I’ve been waking up early, I’ve been staying out late
No I don’t, no I don’t want to leave nothing to fate

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from Natural Panic, released November 6, 2013

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Eliot Rose is the stage name of American musician Eliot Rose. eliotyrose.tumblr.com

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