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The Ill Tempered Klavier: Binary Star

Through a series of circumstances I recently latched on to an album called ‘The Ill Tempered Klavier’ by singer/songwriter Ben Shive. Ben has worked with Andrew Peterson, one of my favorite artists, and that was part of what led me to this album.

As happens to me too rarely, I was totally blown away by the whole album. I have listened to it over and over and virtually memorized all the songs.

As a service to the internet community, I’m planning to blog the words, as best I can decipher them, to the whole album. This entry gives the words to ‘Binary Star’. The lyric is by Andrew Peterson and it tells the story of a near miss! Like some of the other songs on the album, I had a bit of trouble deciphering the words. Corrections welcome!

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Binary Star, by Ben Shive

Down a rainy lane, driving alone in a car,
alone in a lonely car, Neville is looking for love.
On a rainy day, Daisy’s a wedding cigar:
She is a binary star; she was out looking for someone
Out in the rain.

Neville’s at the signal with the wipers
Whipping across the glass and passed by her.
Music on the radio was loud.
All that she could hear above the racket of the gears
Above the traffic and the news was all the rain.

So down a rainy lane, Daisy’s alone in her heart,
Alone in a lonely heart, isn’t it easy to see:
In the Daisy rain Neville is out of his mind.
He is a binary star. There she goes walking slowly and forever
There she’s going: now or never
never, ever, don’t you let her; going, going, . . . gone.