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Ellis Paul

Maria's Beautiful Mess

from: Live
She fell to the mattress
with the grace of an actress
Youre falling like a thief from a roof.
Shes asking for proof , "Are you staying?"
Outside you hear mission bells.

Welcome to Marias beautiful mess,
In a cluttered apartment on the West Side.
She pulls the blinds while,
You watch how her dress falls round her .

And the world slows, a clock shows
A wrinkle in the flow of time
And she steps close, her eyes glow,
Lips pop open like a bottle of wine

And she loves like its thirst
Like shes never been hurt,
She dances just like nobodys watching.
Is this love? Is this cursed?
It feels like the first time falling
Nobodys watching, Nobodys watching,
Nobodys watching, watching

Now she puts on some music,
She asks you to choose it
You sang her back a Gershwin line.
Now Ella is singing holy, soulfully
Bringing up better times

And beneath the tunes,
Shes smiling on an unmade bed
She says, "Whats in the middle that scares you,
Does it dare you
To take a moment and just slow down?"


Pull the curtains all down
On the prince or a clown,
Shes smiling like the Mona Lisa.
You could conquer this town.
If your feet touched the ground,
But youre falling boy
I know, I see you
I see you, I see, I see,
I see you

Ellis Paul Music (SESAC) 2000