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THE BLACK SWANS - Portsmouth, Ohio

Misra Records on April 24, 2012 04:00

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    THE BLACK SWANS - "PORTSMOUTH, OHIO"
    Written by Jerry DeCicca (Understanding Land Music, 2012/ASCAP)
    From the forthcoming album "Occasion For Song" (Misra Records; July 31, 2012)

    "Occasion For Song" deals with the death of Black Swans founding member & violinist Noel Sayre.
    Noel died in a swimming accident in Portsmouth, Ohio - July, 2008.
    The swimming pool is featured on the album's cover.

    LYRICS:
    Each hour when the whistle blew
    All the little kids hopped out of the pool
    Wet bare feet slapping on concrete

    It was the grown-ups' time
    To take a dip before the summer sun slipped
    But at 5 o'clock only one man jumped in

    A few mothers heard a splash
    But nobody heard a gasp
    While in line at the concession stand

    As the teenager lifeguards went on break
    Flirting by the green metal gate
    Nobody saw God close his eyes

    And nobody's suppose to die
    Three days before the 4th of July
    Especially while the sun's still in the sky
    He played a mean violin
    In the orchestra in Huntington
    And somewhere else he played in some weird band

    Three days a week, he'd gut fish
    At Jewel City Seafood Market
    Down the street from Spaghetti Jim's

    He taught more guitar than violin
    Metallica and Donovan
    To some hesher kids and their moms

    He'd come over here to see a girl
    He met while filling in on second chair
    They'd hold hands by the flood wall

    Before too long, he got to know her kids
    Then he tried to learn to swim
    Because when you're in love, you just jump in

    And nobody's suppose to die
    Three days before the 4th of July
    Especially while the sun's still in the sky
    He played a mean violin
    In the orchestra in Huntington
    And somewhere else he played in some weird band

    He hung on for few
    Bloated and blue in the I.C.U.
    People prayed and paced and ate

    Then came time to pull the cord
    That kept him going on life support
    They took turns saying goodbye to someone who was gone

    The papers were signed on the 3rd
    Even though he hadn't said a word
    Since jumping off the diving board

    The next day there were fireworks
    Chicken salad and American flag t-shirts
    Everyone said, "It's a shame about that boy."

    And nobody's suppose to die
    Three days before the 4th of July
    Especially while the sun's still in the sky
    He played a mean violin
    In the orchestra in Huntington
    And somewhere else he played in some weird band

    Released by: Misra Records
    Release/catalogue number: MSR064

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