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Watch Her Disappear

from Alice (Remastered) by Tom Waits

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Last night I dreamed that I was dreaming of you
and from a window across the lawn I watched you undress
wearing a sunset of purple tightly woven around your hair
that rose in strangled ebony curls
moving in a yellow Bedroom light
The air is wet with sound
The faraway yelping of a wounded dog
and the ground is drinking a slow faucet leak
Your house is so soft and fading
as it soaks the black summer heat
a light goes on and a door opens
and yellow cat runs out on the stream of hall light
and into the yard

a wooden cherry scent is faintly breathing the air
I hear your champagne laugh
you wear two lavender orchids
one in your hair and one on your hip
a string of yellow carnival lights
comes on with the dusk
circling the lake in a slowly dipping halo
and I hear a Banjo tango

and you dance into the shadow of a Black Poplar Tree
I watch you as you disappear
I watch you as you disappear
I watch you as you disappear...


from Alice (Remastered), released May 7, 2002


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