The Light Comes On By Itself

(2005)

"The Light Comes On By Itself" is a song by Ricky Ian Gordon setting a poem of Frank O'Hara. The song is part of Ricky Ian Gordon's songbook Songs of Our Time: 14 Songs Set to Poems by Contemporary Poets.

[THE LIGHT COMES ON BY ITSELF]
by Frank O'Hara


The light comes on by itself
and just as independently off
it goes into the strange sounds of breathing
I am waiting for you to love me


the grass grows and
ants are clambering laboriously over the windowsill
near the paling clouds
I am waiting for you to love me


now a death enters and dumps
suits and dresses out into the
street where the holes are filled and oil stains spread
I am waiting for you to love me


I have a penchant for sad red bricks
and the sun burning itself out up there
for toll booths and water towers and
I am waiting for you to love me


now these streets are becoming winding
the house is falling down not being torn
while I am looking for a right-angle street avenue boulevard anything
I am waiting for you to love me


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