The “Happy Place” playlist: a found poem

It’s a beautiful night and we’re looking for something dumb to do.
Give me back my wig, baby, let your head go bald.
Don’t hold back ‘cause there ain’t no use.
Show me how big your brave is.

There’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me.
I just want to take you away from here.
I don’t even care if anyone sees me dancing.
Hay algo que me mueve y no sé decirte muy bien lo que es.*

Voices from the larger towns filled our heads full of dreams.
Standing on your mama’s porch, you told me that I’d last forever.
I’ve got a full stock of thoughts and dreams that scatter.
Zitty zah yoom, gumyoo dumday.**

Nobody ever said it was a righteous world.
Every day there’s a new thing coming.
We didn’t start the fire, no, we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.
All will be well; you can ask me how, but only time will tell.

I think I’ve finally found my hallelujah.
They don’t know what you’ve done for me.
You’ve made such a happy man out of me
I want a new drug – one that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with you.

Bonjour, mon petit bureau de change.***
When you are next to me I come alive.
Why don’t you lie down for a couple years; I’ll look after things.
It’s a new dawn for me and I’m feelin’ good.

————
Chris Clark, November 2018
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* Something moves me and I can’t quite say what it is. (Julieta Venegas)
** [scat] (Bobby McFerrin)
*** Hello, my little money exchange office. (Flight of the Conchords)


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