Song for Bob

from by Brady Earnhart

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The sound man faded Fire and Rain to black.
The tip jar stood half full on a chair.
Such a hush fell over the crowd of twenty-three
You might have thought that only ten were there.
I made my way from the spotlit stage
Through almost every word of every tune,
But then you walked across the room.

I’ve had kings with thrones in gated realms.
I’ve had soldiers with fortunes. I’ve had men
Who left me gasping on the beach so long
It seemed no one could throw me back but them.
One or two regaled me with such charm
We nearly stood together groom and groom,
But then you walked across the room.

If all you’d had were the looks of Matt or Paul,
I could’ve walked away with hardly a tear.
I could’ve done well enough on my own,
If all you’d had were the mind of Shakespeare.
You might have let me go my way in peace
And flown without a rocket to the moon,
But you stood up and crossed the room.


from Last Time I Promise, released September 12, 2015



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Brady Earnhart Charlottesville, Virginia

Earnhart is a songwriter, a poet, an English professor, & an interpreter for the International Rescue Committee. An Acoustic Guitar Magazine reviewer named his album After You among her ten favorites of the 1990s. Greg Varner of the Washington Blade writes, “Earnhart is singing art songs. Like the work of Stephen Foster or Aaron Copland, this work has a native American beauty.” ... more

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