Black and Blue

from by Iona Swift

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Oh my dear, oh my dear, I'm seeing awful clear now you're here.
Oh my love, oh my love, it runs, jumps to the deep when you're near.
And darling please stop stealing my poor breath
Because I haven't had enough today.
And I know you won't try to steal my heart
But it was yours, long gone away from the start.

In the end, in the end I guess we can pretend that this mess didn't matter.
But today, yes today, you've changed the way I play
And now my toys are tattered.
Though it's really just a couple facts, do you think I could come clean?
Even if those walls all burned to ash
Would you let me give you everything like I asked?

Because on one holy howling Hollow's Eve
And almost every other day
I came so close, so close, so close, so far away
From taking my own breath away
Simply by settin' myself near you.

Busy brains, paper cranes, cowboy coffee mornings
And I will miss you dear, yes even the madness
Stupid games, maybe electric trains you make me want to give you
Every single thing you never even wanted.
Tired eyes, lofty sights, you know I think
I'm done with all my buying all that brave bullshit
But for you, oh for you,
You know I'd fight and fight and fight and fight
Until my eyes were black and blue.

My eyes are turning true for you.
They're true
And you're blue.


from Winter Sister Sally, released June 19, 2016



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Iona Swift Nevada City, California

Iona hails from the hills and sings from the heart. A young songwriter, she's developed a unique sound she calls Folkadelic Soul. Solo and acoustic, Iona's performance emerges from a rich variety of musical influences. Iona's writing is thoughtful and rooted in her connection to the natural world. It gives lyrical nods to female power and conscious hip hop. ... more

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