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Birches (Bill Morrissey) video
#1990: YouTube video by HeyCro ©2010
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They sat at each end of the couch,
And watched as the fire burned down;
So quiet on this winter night,
Not a house-light on for miles around.
Then he said, "I think I'll fill the stove,
It's getting time for bed."
She looked up. "I think I'll have some wine.
How 'bout you?" she asked, and he declined.

"Warren," she said,
"Maybe just for tonight;
Let's fill the stove with birches,
And watch as the fire burns bright.
How long has it been?
I know it's quite a while;
Pour yourself half a glass,
And stay with me a little while."

And Warren he shook his head,
As if she'd made some kind of joke;
"Birches? On a winter night?
No, we'll fill the stove with oak.
Oak will burn as long and hot,
As a July afternoon;
And birch will burn itself out,
By the rising of the moon.

"And you hate a cold house same as me,
Am I right or not?"
"All right, all right, that's true," she said,
"It was just a thought."
But she said, "Warren, you do look tired,
Maybe you should go up to bed;
I'll take care of the wood tonight."
"Oak," he told her. "Oak," she said.

She listened to his footsteps,
As he climbed up the stairs;
Then she pulled a sweater on her,
Set a wine glass on a chair.
She walked down cellar to the woodbox,
It was cold as an ice chest;
Then climbed back up with four logs,
Each as white as a wedding dress.

And she filled the stove and poured the wine,
Then she sat down on the floor;
She curled her legs beneath her,
As the fire sprang to life once more.
And it filled the room with it's hungry light,
And it cracked as it drew air;
And the shadows danced a jittery waltz,
Like no one else was there.

And she stood up in the heat,
She twirled around the room;
And the shadows, they saw nothing,
But a young girl on her honeymoon.
And she knew the time, it would be short,
Soon the fire would start to fade;
She thought of heat, she thought of time,
She called it an even trade.

####.... Bill Morrissey ....####
Recorded by Bill Morrissey (Night Train, 1993); and (Philo So Far, 1994); and (The Essential Collection, 2004).

From Wikipedia:
Bill Morrissey - [1951-2011] American folk singer/songwriter from New Hampshire. Many of his songs reflect the harsh realities of life in crumbling New England mill towns.



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