Closing Down Sale

from Roadside Dreams by Ribbon Road

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This was written about someone drawing a line between past and present, shedding physical and emotional ties along with their possessions. I attended such a sale not too long ago

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There’s a T-shirt of bleeding hearts
And a shirt that I’ve always loved
A jumper to keep the cold out
The arms used to give me a hug
There’s a pile of old socks there, not always in pairs
And the table they’re on can go with the chairs
There’s a pair of old wellies, of nearly new shoes
They’re all full of feelings that have no more use

Chorus
A closing-down sale, a no more tears day
Letting go bits of life that I’ve known
A parting company of old friends
He just didn’t love me, couldn’t stay ‘til the end

There’s a bag just for evenings
And green matching earrings
And beads that looked nice on my neck
And the dress that I’m carrying is the one I got married in
You would look nicer in that
There are books on the bookshelves, they’ll all have to go
They remind me of all the things I’ll never know

Chorus

There are curtains of various sizes
Some are lace to keep everything in
Where I’m going the sun might be shining
And I won’t need the jacket I’m in
There are carpets and hearth-rugs, odd saucers and milk jugs
A thing for spaghetti and more, I forget
There are ties for your hair and things I’d have shared
But they’re all full of feelings that I wouldn’t dare

Chorus

There are posters and pictures
And films that were fixtures
And favourite songs I remembered too late
Children’s books from my mother, but I’m letting them go
Pass them on gently to children you know
There are blankets and towels, there’s a spade and some trowels
There isn’t a garden left here that can grow

Chorus
A closing-down sale, a no more tears day
Letting go bits of life that I’ve known
A parting company of old friends
He just didn’t love me, couldn’t stay ‘til the end

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from Roadside Dreams, released January 8, 2012

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Brenda Heslop
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Geoff Heslop

For the last 26 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
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