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Well I hope you don’t mind if I write you a song
while we sit here
and drink
and play chess

It’s got that old kind of tune that makes no sudden moves
takes you only where you might expect

I could write you an opera of kings and their queens
filled with scenes of great symbolic depth

…but though you’re holding the night in your mouth
girl, sometimes
the simplest songs are the best
sometimes simple is all for the best

Yes it makes us both smile when you pick up the pieces
picking them up with your lips
but if we drink much more wine
I don’t think you’ll pick up the pieces
no you won’t pick them up with a kiss

We could make this an opera of gambits and pins
where each turn further tangles the thread

…but you’re not looking to act, no, let’s take these moves back
say, ‘The simplest songs are the best.
The simplest songs are the best.’

You’ve exposed your flanks
I’ve overcommitted
we’ve zugzwanged each other, I guess

…but the bar’s pretty empty, nobody’s to know
if we tell them we were just playing chess

And that I was just writing some old little song
about the simplest ones being the best

We came here as friends, we could wake up as friends
who have helped each other to undress

…but we’ll both say goodnight
‘cos there’s some truth in the lie
that the simplest songs are the best
Goodnight, goodnight – it’s no out and out lie
that the simplest songs are the best
It just seems, sometimes, even the simplest of mine
have a habit of turning complex


from .​.​.​Loves You, released August 21, 2011


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