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Suzanne Vega — Song of the Stoic
Album: Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
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Total ratings: 168

Released: 2014
Length: 3:57
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I am a man
I've been working all my days
This is my accounting
Of my means and of my ways

More years are behind me now
Than years that are ahead
Looking back I feel
This is my story to be said.

I faced my father down
Inside the hallway of our home
18 years of pain
Upon my body to the bone

Demons lived inside of him
They forced him to the act
The layers of the bruises
To my body was the fact.


I grew and went into the world
And learned to know its code
Of spoken and unspoken
And I learned to love the road

I shoulder every burden like
A mule with a heavy pack
Every coin I earn is another
Knot within my back.

Ecstasy and pleasure come
At much too great a cost
I keep myself upon the earth
But measure what I've lost

Winged things they brush against me
Never mine to hold
I keep my eyes upon the ground
And carry on as old.


I met a woman
She had the gifted touch
Her hands were wise with healing
And with wonder and all such

As the fates would have it
Each to others we are wed
We confine ourselves to friendship
And we stay out of the bed.


Now I turn around to face
The specter of my age
My soul it fights my body
Like a bird will fight its cage.

I see that last horizon
I hope it brings me peace
I look forward to the day
At last my body knows release.


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Good lyrics (7-8) marred by a mediocre composition and arrangement (2-3). Hmm.
Far too much 'Vega played on here - WAAAAY Tooo Much - Bill, are you listening? Boring meandering tosh with an equally boring voice devoid of feeling. NO MORE. Every song gets a 3, or less, from me. YUK.
 albatross wrote:
This song Blows.

Sorry, but I second that.
nah, not sitting well with me {#Think}
I just saw her in a very small venue in Singapore and her new sones were amongst my favorites of the night.  I look forward to hearing more of it.  Thank you for playing it.
This song Blows.
Nice this new song. -> 8 to start !
listening to this song is like hitting your head into a brick wall; it feels good when you stop
Cool...nice to hear her voice and feel her always interesting songwriting on the waves again!
First impression of this album after a few Spotify listens: It has a bit more of a rock sensibility than her previous ones, which I enjoy, even if it doesn't suit Suzanne perfectly. She also raps on one song. {#Eek}
Wow - really nice to hear new Suzanne. Didn't know this was coming.
I was at her concert in Ostende, Belgium. The performence of numbers from the new album were superb.

oh ... yes ... Belgium   
Needs a few more listens.
This song sounds great!  I'll have to check out the whole album.  I have always loved Suzanne, but was disappointed that in recent years she has only been re-releasing her old material.  Sounds like she has been reacquainted with her muse.
New Vega!