Praying Mantis Window Pane

from Maximum SMD Vol​.​1 by Sean Michael Dargan

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lyrics

In rolling fog at the Golden Gate
Acid smog in an Apple crate
Take our places as we will
With ponds to jump, and time to kill

We stole the dark out of the night
Hid the polaroid from sight
Down the road and back again
A Praying Mantis Window Pane

Escher’s sleeping bishop’s woodcut dream
A femme fatale in brilliant leafy green

You paint your scenes in groups of four
On seventh-story, hardwood floors
I cast the spells I best know how
Then disappear and miss somehow

A midnight drive to a twilight bed
Monday morning songs instead
A snapshot dashboard coffee stain
A Praying Mantis Window Pane

Escher’s sleeping bishop’s woodcut dream
A femme fatale in brilliant leafy green

There’s barely time to savor this
Her long-awaited Ivory kiss
The taxi exits far too soon
With glowing chauffeur queen, the moon

Fading as the sun comes up
Her final brimming coffee cup
An ever-growing daisy chain
With Nader’s market cellophane

In rolling fog at the Golden Gate
These feelings won’t cooperate
I’ll sit here and I’ll catch the rain
A Praying Mantis Window Pane

Escher’s sleeping bishop’s woodcut dream
A femme fatale in brilliant leafy green

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from Maximum SMD Vol​.​1, released December 4, 2020
Guitars and Vocals by SMD
Drums by Bill Guetschow
Bass by Joe Lampe

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Sean Michael Dargan Madison, Wisconsin

Sean Michael Dargan is almost too tall, standing six feet, four inches in his favorite black-and-white saddle shoes. On a good day he writes and plays pop rock in the vein of Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, and the Gin Blossoms. Guitar and voice are his main instruments, but if you’re not nice he’ll go get out his bagpipes. ... more

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