All the Rowboats

All the rowboats in the paintings
They keep trying to row away
And the captains’ worried faces
Stay contorted and staring at the waves
They’ll keep hanging in their gold frames
For forever, forever and a day
All the rowboats in the oil paintings
They keep trying to row away, row away

Hear them whispering French and German
Dutch, Italian, and Latin
When no one’s looking I touch a sculpture marble,
Cold, and soft as satin
But the most special are the most lonely
God, I pity the violins
In glass coffins they keep coughing
They’ve forgotten, forgotten how to sing, how to sing

First there’s lights out, then there’s lock up
Masterpieces serving maximum sentences
It’s their own fault for being timeless
There’s a price you pay and a consequence
All the galleries, the museums
Here’s your ticket, welcome to the tombs
They’re just public mausoleums
The living dead fill every room
But the most special are the most lonely
God, I pity the violins
In glass coffins they keep coughing
They’ve forgotten, forgotten how to sing

They will stay there in their gold frames
For forever, forever and a day
All the rowboats in the oil paintings
They keep trying to row away, row away

This piece is inspired by the song All the Rowboats by Regina Spektor. She’s probably most famous for the theme song to Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I don’t know that the song is really as dark as the image ended up being, but it was the inspiration. And hey, it’s October, so… I love this song, as well as pretty much everything she’s done. Check out her version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps…excellent! I remember the first time I heard this song – I loved the haunting melody, but the lyrics were outstanding. As someone who has frequented many an art museum, I get it. Sometimes they can be a scary place. The images used are rights free from the Library of Congress website. Pretty cool place to check out! (it’s been so long since I posted that I forgot my password…I need to remedy that!)

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