Manuel Paris - Sleeping Voice


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She took the first train to the city
after the undertaker brought the news
She asked the neighbors to keep the baby
and she left the work she was doing

The sun was beatin' hard through the pane
and she was in sweat but couldn't feel the heat
All she felt was fear instead
and it was chilling her blood on her seat

Faces in the wagon were closed
except this man staring at her so deep
watch him back she just could not afford
she felt like he would guess the secret she had to keep

In the night there were fights in the mountain
this is what the undertaker said
Soldiers found a camp of fighters and chased them
and just a few did escape

A sudden dread appeared on her face
as she was listening to the undertaker's words
then she put on back her mask of indifference
there are some emotions you'd better hide from the world

At dawn the square was full of uniforms
soldiers smoking spitting barking like dogs
there were pictures of dead faces on the wall
And a list with the name of those who had been caught a shot

Last winter on a cold cold night
as she was seven months pregnant he said to her
I gotta leave you my love I gotta go and fight
I must do it for our unborn child's future

He took his rifle and hold her tight
and then he just vanished in the dark
She sat down in the snow and cried
And soon the snow had covered his tracks

"this country's going down my love
Now I know you were right to resist
May your picture not be on the wall
may your name not be on the list”

She got off of the train walking straight
to the square gripping her fears in her fist
praying for her lover to be free and safe
praying for his name not to be on the list

As she saw the pictures in the distance
Her heart went beating faster in her breast
she struggled against herself not to run and
tried to keep inside all that could have made them guess

getting closer she walked along the wall
And after the last picture she finally relieved
Then someone grabbed her by the arm
it was the man of the train it seemed


from NAKED SON, track released December 13, 2014
written and performed by Manuel Paris


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