From the album Love at Every Turn

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Yes, I do mean John Keats, British poet (1795-1821) who wrote some mean poems, including "Ode to a Nightingale." He died at the age of 25 and, what is even worse, never knew that he would come to be regarded as one of the greatest poets in the English language. His friend, Joseph Severn, is the artist mentioned in the song.

Lyrics

the shadows of the trees
breath upon your cheek
music on water
a beautiful daughter
a poem spoken into mist

In the picture Joseph made
you rest on your last bed
your hair is dark and curled
your eyes are closed
I imagine Joseph reaching out
to touch you with his hand
the artist who loves you
the genius and the man

you knew that you were leaving
but not what you had done
despairing, grieving
you did not know you'd won
a kind of immortality, the best anyone can do
we read your words

the shadows of the trees
breath upon your cheek
music on water
a beautiful daughter
a poem spoken into mist

Your life so full of sadness
you tried to make it clear
to weave words around
the mystery
death is all and nothing
no victory no defeat
your nightingale keeps singing
music sweet

you knew that you were leaving …

and what I have learned from you is not easy to say:
the shadows of the trees
breath upon your cheek
music on water
a beautiful daughter
a poem spoken into mist