We Don't Speak Of Her

from by Nazneen Rahman

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This song was inspired by Stag's Leap, an extraordinary collection of poems by Sharon Olds. Do check it out.


When you told me I didn’t cry.
I was wondering if those steaks I bought
Would last another night.
When you told me I didn’t scream or make a fuss.
I was wondering how you rip in two
A lifetime’s worth of us.
When you told me
I had nothing to say.

When you told me I couldn’t look you in the eye
I couldn’t bear to see the pity
The absence of love’s light.
I was sinking, I was drowning
I couldn’t take a breath
I watched the bubbles slowly fading
Like it was someone else’s death.
When you told me
I had nothing to say.

But you had plenty, boy’s on fire.
But everything you say’s so tired:
We don’t talk, we don’t make time
I must have known that we’re not fine.
You don’t feel needed, I’m too strong.
We’re worth more than drifting along.
We’re not working, you say it‘s clear
We Don’t Speak of Her

Do you really think it will be ok?
Our lives, the lies, will melt away
Can you really think I’ll pull us through?
Take care of all the details
Like I always do

I’m not calm, this is numb, this is misery
I can’t focus on the future
Blinded by our history.
Don’t you care that I’m broken, I’m lost
That if I ever started crying, I would never

So, when you told me,
I looked the other way
Cos when you told me
I had nothing to say

When you told me
There was nothing
Left to say.


from Can't Clip My Wings, track released May 5, 2014
Music and lyrics Nazneen Rahman
Production Joe Davison for Auburn Jam Music



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Nazneen Rahman London, UK

Welcome!. I sing intimate stories about life's complexities. With jazz and soul influences. I'm also a cancer scientist.

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