Her Head on the Pillow

(1984)

"Her Head on the Pillow" was written by Paul Bowles in Tangier in 1961. The song was published in Selected Songs in 1984.

Her Head on the Pillow
by Tennessee Williams


In the morning I watched her rise
And in the night lie down
And I swear that her head on the pillow was bright
as Holy Mary's crown.


The heart is drawn to a thing so light.
And the hand to a thing so warm
But I swear that I pressed a stone to my heart
when I took the lady by storm.
I swear that I pressed my heart to a stone
When I covered her by storm.


A shadow fell on her face that night
And her hand on the lace of her gown.
But I swear that her head on the pillow was bright
as Holy Mary's crown.


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