One Stage Before - Al Stewart

    It seems to me as though I've been upon this stage before
    And juggled away the night for the same old crowd
    These harlequins you see with me, they too have held the floor
    As here once again they strut and they fret their hour
    I see those half-familiar faces in the second row
    Ghost-like with the footlights in their eyes
    But where or when we met like this last time I just don't know
    It's like a chord that rings and never dies
    For infinity

    And now these figures in the wings with all their restless tunes
    Are waiting around for someone to call their names
    They walk the backstage corridors and prowl the dressing-rooms
    And vanish to specks of light in the picture-frames
    But did they move upon the stage a thousand years ago
    In some play in Paris or Madrid?
    And was I there among them then, in some travelling show
    And is it all still locked inside my head
    For infinity

    And some of you are harmonies to all the notes I play
    Although we may not meet still you know me well
    While others talk in secret keys and transpose all I say
    And nothing I do or try can get through the spell
    So one more time we'll dim the lights and ring the curtain up
    And play again like all the times before
    But far behind the music you can almost hear the sounds
    Of laughter like the waves upon the shores
    Of infinity

    Marco Giunco
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