Leaves of Kosutnjak

Leaves of Kosutnjak

Words and music by Abel Ashes, from the album Between the Droughts and the Floods, 2019

San Diego or Tunisia, found my partner, found my love
With no time for holy tyrants on the Earth or up above

Arab Spring there in Tunisia, the recession in the States
Left my home in California then I drove the 48

Well we just had to wait
Bureaucrats had sealed our fate
Yeah we just had to wait
Borderlines had sealed our fate
Xenophobes had sealed our fate

Our words in opaque windows, said “n7ebek” from afar
Left the airport in El Paso for a flat in Khaznadar

No the Mufti wouldn’t marry, said you’re Muslim, said I’m not
We two longing disbelievers need each other, don’t need God

But we just had to wait
Bureaucrats had sealed our fate
Yeah we just had to wait
Theocrats had sealed our fate
Theocrats had sealed our fate

Well you didn’t need a visa, we could freeze there hand in hand
Watching swans on Danube River like two Serbs or Bosnians

So we floated round in Belgrade like the leaves of Kosutnjak
Wanted it to last forever, broke our hearts when we flew back

Cause we just had to wait
Bureaucrats had sealed our fate
Yeah we just had to wait
Borderlines had sealed our fate
Xenophobes had sealed our fate

Like the Byzantines in Carthage we were ghosts once we were gone
Then I drove that concrete mixer in the desert until dawn
In the desert until dawn
In the desert until dawn
In the desert until dawn

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