Dinner With Friends

from by John Paul Kleiner

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DINNER WITH FRIENDS

At times like these
When the news of the day
Brings us to our knees
It’s so good to come together

To share some bread
Take a turn on the loom that
Weaves the thread
The one that binds us all together

Vacations are rewound, we report the infirm
Children admonished, opinions confirmed
After fifteen minutes, twenty at most
Someone will raise a glass and there will be a toast
“To our gracious host!”

Chorus I
Dinner with friends – Who needs wine?
Dinner with friends – Red or white?
Dinner with friends – Twist my arm
Dinner with friends – What’s the harm?

The kids negotiate
The terms of the deal to
Clear their plates
Then they vanish from the table
And when they’ve fled
We divide the world
Into ‘own’ and ‘rent’
This is clearly necessary


Then after the meal, maybe fueled by the wine
Somebody says something
That crosses the line that you thought
That you’d all drawn
Together

You stop for a minute it’s suddenly clear
That fear you’d been thinking was getting near
Isn’t near
That fear
Is here.

CHORUS
Dinner with friends – There are limits
Dinner with friends – So it would seem
Dinner with friends – There are limits
Dinner with friends – To our humanity

It doesn’t get any better than this
Does it get any better?
Follow your conscience or follow your bliss
It doesn’t get any better
Than this

Musical Break

CHORUS
Dinner with friends - Erst kommt das Fressen
Dinner with friends – Und dann die Moral
Dinner with friends – Wir haben gegessen
Dinner with friends – Also, schauen wir mal


Does it get any better than this?
It doesn’t it get any better
Until our conscience is ahead of our bliss
It doesn’t get any better
Than this

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from InterCity, released January 1, 2019

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John Paul Kleiner Toronto, Ontario

John Paul Kleiner is a singer/songwriter working in the field of melodic, guitar-based melancholy. Intercity is his first solo album and it was produced in collaboration with Neil Clark (ex-Lloyd Cole & the Commotions).

Musically the album evokes touchstones of guitar-based pop/rock from the popular era (Beatles, Pretenders, Smiths, Commotions, U2), while its lyrics arise out of our present day.
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