Anna’s Birthday

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Here’s Anna’s Birthday, a song that owes a debt to many fine musicians, including Lewis Franco, who sang the original demo for me.

Before you hit play, close your eyes and imagine a character from a Philip Marlowe novel, B&W film noir, where the hard-as-nails detective sits alone at his table in a smoky little jazz club. He’s seen it all, twice. Nothing gets to our boy, except one night a year, when he sits and drinks alone …

Anna’s Birthday
Written by John Carter, Andre’ Maquera, and Will Patton
Produced by Andre’ Maquera, Will Patton, and John Carter
Arrangement by John Carter, Andre’ Maquera, Will Patton, Paul Asbell, and Ben Patton
Bass: Will Patton
Drums: Caleb Bronz
Guitar: Paul Asbell
Piano: Peter Engisch
Saxaphone:
Chris Peterman
Vocals (Lead and BG): Ben Patton

Recorded at West Street Digital in St. Albans, Vermont.

Anna’s Birthday

Every year this day keeps coming around.
It’s Anna’s birthday, and I’m feeling down.
Who is that taking my girl out on the town?
Happy birthday. Happy birthday.

Dreaming of Anna, and feeling that ache.
She lit me up like a candle on her cake.
But the ring on her finger made it all a big mistake.
So happy birthday. Happy birthday.

Blow out the candles, and make a wish.
Every year there is a night like this.
I wish her happiness but miss her kiss.
It’s Anna’s birthday. Happy birthday.

Most of the time, I can just let it be.
It’s nice that we’re friends. We can all agree.
But it’s Anna’s birthday. And Anna’s not with me.
So happy birthday. Happy birthday.

She cuts the cake. She knows there an art
to carving a piece in the shape of my heart.
She’s so together when she’s tearing me apart.
Happy birthday. Happy birthday.

Blow out the candles, and make a wish.
Every year there is a night like this.
I wish her happiness but miss her kiss.
It’s Anna’s birthday. Happy birthday.

A toast to Anna. The night passes by.
I imagine a life where the birthday girl is mine.
Don’t think about who’s holding Anna tonight.
Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday.

©2016 Fifth Business Music LLC

Chipped

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Chipped
by John Carter

On her desk, she keeps an ancient blue tea cup
to whisk the spiders to safety,
outside.

When I kiss her,
I feel the spot on her front tooth,
chipped,
from when she fell.

Her gentle disposition
is the sum
of these tiny destructions.

This woman,
with her chipped tooth,
who keeps a cup
to save the spiders.