People Watching

from by Ben Crane

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The waitress seats me at the table I take every time
and asks me if I want my usual ham on rye
and as an afterthought I ask for the New York Times
cause I want something to hide behind

cause every time I find myself watching passersby
While I’m sitting by the window and it’s sunny outside
It always makes me wonder makes me wonder what it would be like to see
The world from their eyes

And sometimes they look back
And we both stare like cats
And it’s only for a second that
Neither one of us knows how to act

And nowadays the constellations all spell your name
and they remind me of the freckles strewn across your face
You had Cassiopeia falling up your cheek and I thought
it’d be nice to be an astronaut

So I’ll keep coming here and sitting in the corner booth
Secretly making my coffee 80 proof
Cause if you were here I know you would be too
So I’ll keep people watching for you


from Hay Fever, released April 22, 2011



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