My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine
             Chet Baker’s vocal-only recording — hear the song
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of all 
the times
you recorded it
                             this
is the best 

1953 

you were 24
before junk
and dealers
took your
                     chops
and the horn
was still 
your friend 

and yet
you chose
to sing

just a piano
and you 

your voice
that sweet
                      whispered
Oklahoma
                     boy
voice 

we sing it
in the same
                       key
you and i 

‘though you 
hit the
               lows
much better 
                         i 
sustain the
                      highs

those highs
that leave
                     you
                              breathless 

so
i ride
           with you
‘til the
              break
‘til the
               bridge
when I
step up 
a third
               only 
a third

but
it’s enough

enough to
raise the
                  prayer

                                             Stay 
                                                               Little Valentine
                                                                                                S t a y

we know
that
          plea
don’t we
                  you
and
         i

and oh
the music
we
       make

©S. Rogers 2008

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