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Ain’t nothing quite like that sunset from a sheer Nevada bluff:
the way it lingers on, but not too long, like it knows when you’ve had enough.
I won’t call this a mistake, but the work of a younger man;
but just because I don’t regret it doesn’t mean I’d do it again.

Oh, Reno, I see no point in arguing.
I asked you to tell the truth, but you won’t tell me anything.
After we go, there’ll be no reason to pretend.
Oh, Reno, why didn’t you let me know it was the end?

We tried to pick a winner, and we joined in that joyful noise.
So if you’re not proud how it turned out, you can’t say we had no choice.
But dear, you know it isn’t fair to say everything went wrong,
because we both know it didn’t go anywhere that it wasn’t all along.

Now those neon signs are shining bright, in orange, pink and red,
like a skeleton of glowing bones, a fossilized sunset.
There’s a quiet museum where the light goes dim;
it’s a place to remember the dead.
As if I could ever forget!


from A Place to Remember the Dead, released February 19, 2014
Shareef Ali - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Maia "Papaya" Wiitala - upright bass, vocals




Shareef Ali San Francisco, California

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