Album: Divers (2015)
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  • The diver is my love
    And I am his, if I am not deceived
    Who takes one breath above for every hour below the sea

    Who gave to me a jewel
    Worth twice this woman's life, though it cost her less
    Than laying at low tide to see her true love phosphoresce

    And in an infinite regress
    Tell me why is the pain of birth
    Lighter borne than the pain of death?
    I can't claim that I loved you first
    But I loved you best

    I know we must abide
    Each by the rules that bind us here:
    The divers and the sailors and the women on the pier

    And how do you choose your form?
    How do you choose your name? How do you choose your life?
    How do you choose the time you must exhale and kick and rise?

    And in an infinite capsize
    Like a boat tearing down the coast
    Double hulls bearing double masts
    I don't know if you loved me most
    But you loved me last

    Recall the word you gave
    To count your way across the depths of this arid world
    Where you will yoke the waves that lay a bed of shining pearls

    I dream it every night
    The ringing of the pail, the motes of sand dislodged, the shucking, quick and bright
    The twinned and cast off shells reveal a single heart of white

    And in an infinite backslide
    Ancient boulders sink past the west
    Like a sword at the bearer's fall
    I can't claim that I knew you best
    But did you know me at all?

    A woman is alive, a woman is alive
    You do not take her for a siren
    An anchor on a stone, alone, unfaceted and fine

    And never will I wed
    I'll hunt the pearl of death to the bottom of my life
    And ever hold my breath 'til I may be the diver's wife

    See how the infinite divides
    And the divers are not to blame
    For the rift spanning distant shores
    You don't know my name
    But I know yours Writer/s: Joanna Newsom
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