The First Time

from by Rose Polenzani

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lyrics

The first time I heard those words
a candlelit hall for a secret girl
I trembled to become a caged bird
the first time I heard those words

The first time I saw your face,
an elderly woman turned around in her place
she held out a hand for the light to shake
the first time I saw your face

but I don't know you
I don't know you
I don't know

The first time I spoke your name,
you were a character in an exhaustible play
the imagined master of human game
the first time I spoke your name

and the first time I sang your verse
it was larger than my tongue and so it slurred
I couldn't remember who it served
the first time I sang your verse

no I don't sing it right
I don't sing it right
I don't sing

the first time you called my name
it wasn't the one that my friends all say
I guess that my name is your name
I guess that my new name is your name
I guess that my name is your name

But I don't know my name
I don't know my name
I don't know

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from August, released August 1, 2004
Rose Polenzani: Electric Guitar, vocals
Scott Roy: Accordion
Mary Bue: Harmony Vocals
Gabriel Tavares: Electric Guitar

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