Portrait

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lyrics

Portrait

I bought a glacier, recently,
Though my investment-guy said it’s not a good idea.
But I liked its grey sight and the taste of the ice
And when they wouldn’t sell I had the panacea:
So with the mountain plus the sky above
I got some new friends, many smiles and a laugh,
But no one knew, what I was thinking of…

I bought some jungle, recently,
I like rain and forest, so I thought I’d have a go.
My accountant had a stroke, couldn’t come with me,
But I found just what I was looking for:
A nice sunny spot with animals and stuff,
Trees around and rainclouds above,
And as I tipped ‘em, I was thinking of…

What role have I to play
When all my glacier’s melt away?
What of all my song will sound
When all the rain has fallen down?
See, all these probabilities
Make my mind not rest at ease,
How could I just buy me out of this?

I was at an auction, recently,
Bid at the sea, was the only to care.
‘Too wet’ said one, ‘too much salt’ the other,
‘Too dark’ the third, who was widely scared:
But it’s so sweet when dusk sets in
And the sun dips softly into the ocean’s skin,
I even raised my bid, though there was no one in…

Weighed myself in gold, recently,
Got some reward for the balance of a beam.
‘Equilibrium’, that’s what it’s called,
I bought a million balloons and the air within:
Think of things to come, got a plan to achieve,
And the yes-men nodded, the accountant bared his teeth,
But to fulfill, one must first believe…

Reflections burn inside of me
Of things that are and must not be.
And vaguely is written in the sky:
‘The future’s fragile’ - so am I.
And in the end, when all is sold,
What’s left to weigh my soul?
Can’t I just buy a way to keep control?

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from Stowaway, released October 20, 2013
Written & composed, performed & produced by Georg Tkalec.

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