Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  


Notes: by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1967 by the author. From page 87 of the collection "Inscriptions on a Ginger Jar," printed in the songbook The Muse of Parker Street.

I could not understand you
     Grown so strange and wild,
You who had been so wise and good
     Now like a fractious child,

You who had been so temperate
     Now in a kind of rage
Compounding all your folly
     Upon a public stage.

I could not understand you,
     The frenzy you were in,
Until the pins of anguish
     Were sticking in my skin.

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