Slippers of Rose

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FEATURING NATHANIEL JOHNSTONE

A song about love and loss, of memory and missed chances. A song for my Dad.

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The lights have gone dark
The patrons have headed on home
The doorkeeper waits
To lock up after the show

Just one more moment
My dusty pink slippers were here
Amidst fanfare and flowers
Glimpses of fairytales lost through the tears

I would have danced for you until the stars flickered out
I’d have taken a chance with you
All of our sorrows would soon fade away

I was your princess in shimmering silk
You were my Gentleman King
Up on my toes in those slippers of rose, Dad
I knew we could be anything

You brought them to me
In a pinstriped box they were wrapped up with care
All satins and softness
I combed the twigs from my hair

Then toil and trouble
You found your mistress of poison and pain
My gown turned to rags
Pink satin slippers forgotten and frayed

I would have danced for you, until the stars flickered out
I’d have taken a chance with you
All of our sorrows would soon fade away

I was your princess in shimmering silk
You were my Gentleman King
Up on my toes in those slippers of rose, Dad
I knew we could be anything

Just one poison apple
A slumber that leeches your memories away
How many years now
The rose in your cheeks has faded to grey

Just one more moment
If I could just have one more chance
But the clock has struck midnight
I know I have missed the last dance

I would have danced for you until the stars flickered out
I’d have taken a chance with you
All of our sorrows would soon fade away

I was your princess in shimmering silk
And you were my Gentleman King
Up on my toes in those slippers of rose, Dad
I knew we could be anything

credits

from Portals, released March 1, 2016
Sharon Knight: Vocals, octave mandolin
Winter: Acoustic guitar, bell tree
Nathaniel Johnstone: Violins
Caith Threefires: Bass
Mark Abbott: Drums

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Sharon Knight Oakland

Festival favorites Sharon Knight and her longtime collaborator Winter perform a mythic-Celtic style, which they call "Neofolk Romantique; songs for poets, adventurers and lovers of mystery". They tour internationally several months of the year, bringing their fantastical tales of love and magic to festivals, cafes, and homes across the land. ... more

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