A Little Closer, Please (The Pitchman's Song)

"A Little Closer, Please (The Pitchman's Song)" sets the text of William Saroyan

Date: 1941Composer: Paul BowlesText: William Saroyan

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A Little Closer, Please
(The Pitchman’s Song)

It’s a small world if you are near.
But if you’re far, it’s large–
very large–
too large for me, and dark,
and lonely, and full of barking dogs;
great, great distances and brooding trees.

Step up just a little closer please.
A little closer, please!
Don’t stand so far away.
A deck of cards, a few poetic words
and love is all that I have brought with me.
A little closer, please!
Don’t leave me here alone.
The nine of clubs,
a few romantic songs and faith
is all that I have brought with me.
Step up!
Step up!
Just a little closer, a little closer, please!

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