Saigon

by Terra Spencer

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From the upcoming album Chasing Rabbits, Saigon is a snowbird romance delivered through photos, texts, and phone calls all the way from Vietnam, unfolding against the lush backdrop of piano, horns, and harmonies lifted from a wood-panel basement record stash.

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I drive him to the airport, and he promises to call
He tells me that in love there are just two ways to fall
In and out of Vietnam
There were times I saw him falling deep and down

She had never seen a snowfall, felt the fresh air on her face
So he buys a one-way ticket, flies her to his rented place
And he sings her gentle music, brings her roses from the grocery downtown

Say hi from Saigon
With a sigh, and he is gone
Gone to find the sun and try find someone to warm his heart
Say hi from Saigon
Where the evening meets the dawn
Country man and city girl holding hands
but they are still a world apart

They have no need for speaking on the sand beneath the sunset
She makes a fancy dinner, sews him clothes, and learns his language
Then she offers him her soul but keeps her clothes on under blankets in the dark

She will drive him to the airport when the roses lose their redness
And return to washing dishes, serving coffee to the tourists
As he starts a new adventure and he doesn't know how deep he leaves a mark

Say hi to Saigon
With a sigh, and he is gone
Gone to find the sun and try to find someone to warm his heart
Say hi to Saigon
Where the evening meets the dawn
Country man and city girl holding hands but they are still a world apart

So I answer when he calls me, after they have been together
He wonders if she'll be the one to stay with him forever
To love him without judgement, and be faithful, kind, and true
But there is more to love than what someone can do for you

Goodbye to Saigon
She will cry when he is gone
Although she hides it well, her family can tell it from her eyes
Goodbye to Saigon
He is always moving on
When the winter's over you ought to know a snowbird's gonna fly

credits

released November 6, 2020
Terra Spencer: vocals, piano, guitar
Jordi Comstock: drums
Adam Fine: bass
Sarah Frank: harmony vocals
Luke Fraser: harmony vocals
Andrew Jackson: trombone
Sarah Kasprzak: French horn
Steve Reid: trumpet

Engineered by Lil Thomas at Sonic Temple, Halifax, NS
Mixed & mastered by Scott Ferguson at FMP Matrix

Terra gratefully acknowledges the support of Music Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia.

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Terra Spencer Windsor, Nova Scotia

Terra Spencer's songs are crafted from autobiographical details woven with gentle instrumentation on piano and guitar. Her debut album, Other People's Lives, is a collection of complicated relationships, told with a warm wistful voice.

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