Bones for the Catacombs

from Cape Disappointment by Aaron Semer

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lyrics

Lucas lived down on the Left Bank next to the river
He slept in a shack with his poor old Mama and his sister
The only life he ever knew was right there on La Seine in Paris
He got a job diggin’ bones by decree from Louis XVI
It said, “The cemetery walls are all overgrown,
We gotta move these bones to the catacombs.”

Emma lived across the water with the Right Bank riche
Her window looked out on Saints-Innocents Cemetery
Every night she watched the wagons carry millions of dead across the city
While her Mama cried out, “What a shame, what a sight, what a pity!”
But the workers kept diggin’ and liftin’ the stones
They gotta move them bones to the catacombs

Emma met Lucas one evening with her friends at Pont Neuf
They were smokin’, they were drinkin’, he was dirty and she was looking fit
She asked him what he did, he said, “I push bone wagons for a living,
And I shouldn’t be talking to a rich girl, please forgive me.”
She said, “Sooner or later we all end up alone.
You see, we’re all just bones for the catacombs.”

They walked along the Seine holding hands for the rest of the night
She knew that is was wrong, but there was something in that poor boy’s eyes
She took him to her Mama who cried out, “What a rat! What a sinner!”
And Lucas didn’t fare much better with his family ‘cross the river
He said, “Hey, sooner or later we’re all going home,
Because we’re all just bones for the catacombs.”
Fleur-de-Lis… Fleur-de-lis…

By the time it was finished there were six million dead in the tombs
And Lucas and Emma had a baby and a house near the Louvre
The city soon forgot about the bones stacked up underneath ‘em
And kept livin’ and dyin’ and buildin’ and lovin’ and fightin’
And even ol’ Louis up there on his throne
Was just more bones for the catacombs
From Paris to China, wherever we roam
You see, we’re all just bones for the catacombs
Fleur-de-Lis… Fleur-de-lis…

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from Cape Disappointment, track released November 8, 2019
Aaron Semer – vocals, acous. & elec. guitars, bass, percussion
Gus Clark – accordion
Travis Curry – drums
Colin J. Nelson – percussion

Produced by Aaron Semer and Colin J. Nelson
Recorded and Mixed at Her Car by Colin J. Nelson, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL
Single Artwork by Simon Floter

Music and lyrics by Aaron Semer, © 2019, BMI

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"Semer draws from the tradition of the best singer/songwriters in that he can write about any variety of topics and make it all seem too easy. With Cape Disappointment, he deserves a seat at the table alongside Jeff Tweedy, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon, and John Prine. He's that good." - PopMatters ... more

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