(ill YAY' mee) n.
award-winning percussive rock-folk from Baltimore, MD

Save Berlin.
Save Berlin

He can have any place you would give him,
but please, save Berlin for me.
If I can't have your love or the warmth of your skin,
give me rights to a place he's never been.

From the rocking-chair porch of the Atlantic Hotel,
we can pretend we are gray-haired and long-married.
Joints creaking in time with the floorboards,
as we laugh about the years that we've carried here today.

It's really so little to be asking for.
What good is one tiny town?
When he has the run of your mountains and valleys
and can take you the whole world around.
I'm sure he'll take you the whole world around.

But he won't bring you gold buttons or ruby-bead jewels
that we'll find in the junk shops of Berlin.
And the notes that I wrote you from before we were born,
pressed between the Life magazines.
And you might be small, but in the model train shop,
I'll make you a giant for a day,
and you'll finally see what I've been saying all along,
when you level the little men with a wave.

Isn't this more than you could ask for?
All this in one tiny town.
We could have the run of it's bricks and its streetlamps.
Tell me, who needs the whole world around?
Tell me, who needs the whole world around?

We've been raised on the movies and wrecked on the movies
where patience is remembered and places are saved.

So don't meet me at the top of the empire state building
or know me by the painting on my wall,
I hear this used to be a movie town.
I hear this used to be a movie town.

He can have any place you would give him,
but please, save Berlin for me.
If I can't have your love or or your lips or your skin,
give me rights to a place he's never been.

Please save Berlin for me
save Berlin for me
Where patience is remembered and places are saved.
I hear this used to be a movie town.

© Heather Lloyd

About the Song

"I all but drew a map with this song about Berlin, MD. The Atlantic Hotel, the model train shop ... all of it is there, idealic ... a real-life movie set. It was a place a boy and I made big plans to visit, but never made it. Written in one sitting at the Jammin Java open mic night with the melody of Richard Shindell's Fleur De Lis running through my head ... it just came pouring out. It's still a really hard song to perform because it's letting people in a great deal to something intensely personal.

Albums:
i love you And I Miss You | Jumpstarting the Bus | the Grave | Strength in Hare | Clockwork Wooden Mouse Dreams | Wingsweep/Wingswept | Bulldozer Not Included | Myxomatosis Failed | on Luck on Fumes on Spit on Love | Myxomatosis Took Its Toll | Upholstered Fortress | the fifth circle | Between Lover & Twilight | A Gift For Saint Cecilia | Samples | Another Life / Another Live | A Message in the Mess Vol. 1 | cicada



A Perfect Day
Allergy
Argonauts
Asher's Prayer
Ask For Me
Asparagus
Baliset
Bearclaw's Mule
bRIDGE
Bulldozer
Chalk Pit
Choke Cherry
Coal Boulder
the Coffeehouse
Common Song
Counting
Crazy As A Good Thing
Credit
Cricket Hunt
Deep in the AM
Didn't Take It Down
Draw You In
Drift
Drown
Elephant Joke
Embers
Even Now
For Everyone a Reckoning
For Your Sake
Friday
Gaze
Georgetown
this Gift
Glom of Nit
Good Heart
Growing Home
Hands
HARM
Hum
Illinois is Overflowing
In the Water
Leave Me Lonely
Letters from the Front
Looking Back
LooseN
Love a Girl Gone
Lower Thank You
the MARC
the March of the Rabbit
Matador
Molotov Swell
My Awesome Fawm Song
Natural 20
Negative Space
No Blue Left
No Place is Home
Ode to a Heat Vent
oh Damn
Oklahoma Revival (1933)
Oracle
Peat Ice
Pine
Pocketing
Pollock
Protest Song
PUSH
rearview
the Revenge of the Mouse King
Revolutions Per Minute
Rob's Lament
Samples
Save Berlin
Seat
Scene
Secret Surgery
Selkie
Sever
Silent Little Bells
Simile Blue
Slight Departure
Sorry If
Speaking Louder Now
Spinning
Spiral
Spiral Notebook
Spring
Stay Close
Steel
Storm
Strain
the Sundress Song
Swan Song
Terms
Toll
Trouble
U-X
VA29
Valeri
the Vow Song
We Must Be Ships
the Weight
Well Plumbed
Will
the Winter Bride
the Worm Song
Wreckingball
You Never Answer
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