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Dancing on the Ocean Floor

from No Man Is an Island by Samuel B. Lupowitz



“Who can tell us what’s to come?”
You say as you open the door
“One moment the sea is calm
“And the next, storms cast you ashore”

I came looking for advice
And a riddle is all you gave
But honey, you look so nice
And you make me feel so brave

You go in brilliant disguises
A rose by any other name
After all the journey’s surprises
The more things change
The more they stay the same

Well, we’re dancing
On the ocean floor
Oh, we’re dancing
Off this unfamiliar shore

“No, I’ve got to get back home,”
I say, and you laugh so hard
You say, “You’ve been gone so long
"I bet men are lining up in her yard

“But one day maybe you’ll come clean
"So tell me, how does that make you feel?”
And I think, “home is so far off
“But here, you feel so real”

And deep in the dark of your bedroom
The future is laid out, so clear
Ensnared as a prisoner-bridegroom
I can’t put my finger on what led me here

But we’re dancing
On the ocean floor
Oh, we’re dancing
Off this unfamiliar shore

In years to come, will I think back on what we’ve done?
When the journey’s done and you’re just a memory?
Well, cheers to that, for now we’ll have our little fun
I’d rather live to regret it than die free

I won’t be back again
Of course, I’ve said that before
“Who can tell us what’s to come?”
I grin as you shut your door

The seeds of my self destruction
In your bed, in your siren song
Before the end of this stage production
I guess I’ll take a chorus to sing along

While we’re dancing
On the ocean floor
Oh, we’re dancing
Off this unfamiliar shore

"I stayed with Calypso seven years straight on end, and watered the good clothes she gave me with my tears during the whole time; but at last when the eighth year came round she bade me depart of her own free will, either because Zeus had told her she must, or because she had changed her mind.”
-Odysseus, The Odyssey, by Homer


from No Man Is an Island, released September 10, 2021
SBL - vocals, Ludwig drum set, Fender Jazz bass, Wurlitzer electric piano, Kohler & Campbell spinet piano, Minimoog, Hammond A100 organ, shaker, tambourine
Mallory Evans - background vocals
Mandy Goldman - background vocals, vocal arrangement
Amanda Massa - background vocals


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Piano-driven rock ’n’ soul for your thoughts, feelings, and theatrical leanings. Ben Folds backed by The Band.

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