The Busker

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A young busker who lives with his dog
In a one-room attic, a rundown loft
In the old city of Ljubljana
Out the window over the lane, he can see into another life

A girl lives there, he doesn’t know her name
She never sees him - he knows to look away
Dressed like so many other girls around
Her hair pulled back and her heels so high

It’s an unusually warm early spring night,
The first after hungry months of snow and ice
Looking forward to playing for the people again
And receiving their smiles and grateful coins

The busker and his dog, they make their way down
To a wide stone bridge over the river
The first of the tourists have not yet arrived
But the people of the city are happy to be together outside

A new moon rising shines it’s light
On the young man’s hat, now full of coins
Just as he finished his last song for the night
The girl through his window’s approaching

Struggling with her heels across the cobblestones
Just about to step on to the bridge
She catches and breaks one of her heels
Falling to the ground, yelling out a cry of frustration…… and pain

With rivers of tears running dark down her face
She rips off her heels and hurls them into the river
She pulls out the ties from her hair
And sits on the ground weeping, with her head in her hands

The dog walks over and gently licks her hand,
Brings the start of a smile to her eyes
The busker plays the one song he wrote through the winter
The one that kept his hands warm

The dog knows this song and stretches out
The girl is captivated, she doesn’t move
Till the last note of his voice has faded away
They walk home together, she’s barefoot
And the dog ambles along between their step, with a smile………….

The busker….and the broken heel (chorus)
And the mongrel dog
That sets them both free


from Woven, released September 4, 2016
Yeshe Reiners: Lead Vocals, Kamele Ngoni & Percussion
Cye Wood: Violins


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Yeshe Byron Bay, Australia

Hailed by the Sydney Morning Herald as “Groundbreaking roots musician” and “Sublime ***** ” by the Montreal Metro, it is his new EP, Woven, that has finally pulled back the veil on the story of this internationally celebrated musician. Yeshe has emerged as the exciting new voice of Roots Music. ... more

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