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Sailing To Byzantium (A Dying Soldier's Dream)

from That's What I Like by Spottiswoode & His Enemies

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I'm taking a train to Istanbul
Carriage is full of sad-eyed men
Down to the shores of the phosphorous
Bosporus from the River Seine
She wrote me a postcard so wittily
I'll follow her like a ghost
Down through the ruins of Italy
On to the Barbary Coast
When will the sun and the moon combine
Realign to make her mine?

Soldiers are eating caviar
From a samovar, don't know who they are
Pheasants and capers and Turkish Delight
Women dressed in white on a moonlit night
She showed me a head on a golden coin
Of Alexander the Great
But when she danced like Salome I feared she'd have mine
On a silver plate
My lady is smoking a cigarette
From a minaret, close as I can get

Watching the people with all of their dreams
Pulling their longings behind
Finding that life is much more than it seems
So sweet yet so unkind

Flowers are blooming, so are the dead
Meadows are red in paradise
Steeples, scarecrows, wheels in the mud
Furrows of blood through fading eyes
She wrote me a postcard so wittily
I'll follow her like a ghost
Down through the ruins of Italy
On to the Barbary Coast
When will the sun and the moon combine
Realign to make her mine?

credits

from That's What I Like, released June 1, 2007
Spottiswoode: Vocals, Guitar
John Young: Bass
Tim Vaill: Drums
Candace DeBartolo: Clarinet
Kevin Cordt: Violin
Riley McMahon: Mandolin
Tony Lauria: Accordion

Produced and Mixed by Riley McMahon

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Spottiswoode & His Enemies New York, New York

For over 2 decades, Spottiswoode & His Enemies have been a constantly self-reinventing New York institution. The IMA winners recently earned three more nominations for their 7th record, LOST IN THE CITY, “an immersive theater-of-the-mind love letter to New York”.

Spottiswoode's songs appear in numerous TV shows and films including Either Side Of Midnight for which he also wrote the screenplay.
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