from World on Fire by Val Blaha



I saw you in the store today. I saw you, but then I looked away. The right hair, the right clothes, the right movement. The wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong moment. I saw you in the store today.

I heard you in my mind today. I heard you, imagined what you'd say. The voice from my childhood, the voice that healed. The voice from adulthood, the one I feared. I heard you in my mind today. Life passes by so swiftly, so casually. We close our eyes and miss it far too easily. I'm breathless, senseless today.

I smelled your perfume today. The scent of yesterday. Sweet flowers, gardenias, bring me back. To Sundays, and dinners, as I unpack. I smelled your perfume today.

What I'd give to give you one more chance. To be the one who'd always hold my hand. Time can't turn back, it's a one way street. But I'm still that little girl in the backseat.

I held your black gloves today. Soft leather, lightly frayed. You wore them while driving, when it was cold. You kept them so carefully, as you grew old. I held your black gloves today.

It's all so senseless today.


from World on Fire, released August 30, 2019
Acoustic guitars: Val Blaha, Dave Hannon
Strings, organ, Moog: Jamie Hill
Pedal steel: Dan Tyack


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Val Blaha Portland, Oregon

Music has always been an important part of Val Blaha's life. She loved to sing from a very young age, and started studying piano at age 6, earning accolades and numerous awards before age 17. She has been steadily performing and songwriting for the past 12 years. Val also plays guitar, bass, and mandolin. Her newest album World on Fire will be released in late August 2019. ... more

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