New Couch

from Mark Lint's Dry Folk by Mark Lint

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Half-written in March 2005, with lyrics completed and a B section added two couches later in July 2018 for inclusion on this album. This is about being married and accompanying middle class dreams.

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The new couch that you’ve pictured
The new couch in your mind
Will some day fill the living room
Though not as much, I think you’ll find.
A few more years, a little bit off
The furniture will roll

The plans that were uncertain
The feats we aimed to do
The pictures taken forward of
The routine into which we grew
A few more years will pull us along
The future will arrive

We hold our possibility
We lean with grave necessity
We’ve come this far to witness
With ourselves the only judge too

The new job that you’ve pictured
And those that’ve come and gone
The needling sense it’s not enough
The need for maybe moving on
A few more years, a little bit off
It works itself along

We hold our possibility
We lead with grave necessity
We’ve come this far to witness
But I’m not sure I can judge
Our hope and possibility
I hope you still share that with me
I want so much to come to you
Each goal that may remain this true

The new couch won’t resent you
For having to wait so long
With two new chairs fit for company
Who’ve got the color to belong
The new life that will find us
Our plans all fleshed and new
The new couch and the armchairs
Will find some stuff to do

As long as we just wait here
Our new couch will abide
I think sometimes I know your mind
But only from one side

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from Mark Lint's Dry Folk, released December 18, 2018
Mark: vocals, nylon-string guitar, upright bass
Rei Tangko: piano
Jim Turk: djembe, shaker

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Mark Lint Madison, Wisconsin

Catchy, homespun tunes ranging in style from power pop to folk ballads to alt country, laced with a sense of the absurd.

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