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To Magdalena Cassel, with whom, among many other excellent friends, I watched the sun rise on January 1, 2011; written as a song of friendship. -- AD


The sun comes up on a boundless lake
and I can't believe that I'm still awake,
and there the tip of an up-straining spire
catches the light of the rising fire
and we stand and stare
in the freezing air
and we drink in the light as we shake.

Only one year left, so the tabloids say;
I doubt that the days that remain are so few,
but when the sun rises on Earth's last day,
I want to watch it rise up with you;
when the meteor falls
and the trumpet calls
and our frozen world melts away.

But of course, that's silly; the world won't end
in a single year, or in our whole span;
but when bright light blooms on our last day, my friend,
I still think it seems like a damn fine plan,
when we're eighty-five
and we're still alive,
we can watch the darkness descend.


from Before Dawn, released October 29, 2011
Music and lyrics by Alexander Dove


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Alexander Dove Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alexander Dove is a songwriter, poet, and composer, who also plays in the traditional Celtic folk group Dòrain. Alexander Dove is used or more-or-less solo or self-directed work, regardless of genre. Published writings are under the name Alexander Dove Lempke. ... more

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