Saigon Shrunken Panorama


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Saigon Shrunken Panorama (originally titled Saigon: Song for Anonymity) is the twenty-eighth song on the compilation Acuarela Songs.


The last vestiges of the empire were crumbling
Daisies were pushing through the ground
And I saw a crane disappear beneath still water
On the day when you came back around
And though time remembers meaningless gestures
Your goodness will not be forgotten while I am still alive
It was the eighteenth day of May
In 1975

And I asked if you could last a week or two
And you said you thought you could
You came inside then with the light trickling behind you
It was fine and it was good
And so gleams the single moment before we heard the officers arrive
On the eighteenth day of May
In 1975

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