The Wish

from by Robin Jackson



I put another quarter in the wishing well
I prayed to the dark, and down it fell
Down in the watery deep
are promises no one can keep
Well I’ve spent so many diamonds
my crowns almost bare
And the patches on my heart
are sewn on with care
And every time that I hit the floor
I keep coming back for more
So buy me a ticket on this one way train
cause the only way to love
is again and again
And I’m riding the rails through
this hurricane
let it rain, oh let it rain
Take a whisper from my lips
a breath from my chest
Steal a beat from my heart
put my soul to the test
I lay my guns in the ground,
and my lies to the west
let it rest, oh let it rest
I once stole sunshine from a desert dream
I once went fishing in a dried up stream
I held mountains in my hand
I wasn’t careful and they turned to sand
I came across a sweet magnolia flower
that smelled as soft as the midnight hour
She stole diamonds from my dreams
and wore them like a Zingara queen
And may our scars be
as pretty as a pink ole’ Texas sky
And soft and tender like the
whisper of a jackalope’s sigh
And when we light new candles
and our old ghosts haunt us on
May the flames burn them
away with the dawn
I met Aphrodite on a summer’s day
through weeds and the brambles,
she showed me the way
And left a glass crystal in my soul
that echoed like a singing bowl
I rode to edge of a canyon deep
where the wind was so strong
it knocked it me off of my feet
Like a banshee out in the storm
I knew again I’d been reborn


from Dust Diaries, track released June 8, 2012



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Robin Jackson Portland, Oregon

Award winning songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist known for his wild contributions to bands Vagabond Opera and the March Fourth Marching Band, Robin Jackson presents his debut album. The ethnomusicology major has mastery of almost a dozen instruments and played with everyone from Gogol Bordello to The Decembrists. "A catchy and captivating song-crafter... true storyteller." - NPR ... more

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