In Shipwrecks, Pianos Always Float

by Phoebe Legere

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(In Shipwrecks) Piano Always Float is a song about what the rescuers saw when they arrived at the scene of the Titanic disaster – 1400 lifeless bodies in the freezing water, a beautiful iceberg, and two grand pianos that floated out of the Titanic ballroom. My song is also about climate change.

Every song is operating on two levels. The top-level is the metaphor and the deep levels are the hidden part of the iceberg – the unconscious part of the mind from which all songs come.

That hidden place is the land of dreams and love.


The piano is all alone
I’m alone at the piano
The notes are lying side by side
You can’t take a piano with you
At the end of the night,
So ya keep holdin' on to the notes of
black & red & white

Leave it there, drive away, don’t look back
Piano Woman, leave that (lonely) love alone
You know that love (love) always has
Sadness in it.
Why do we believe in love at all?

Pianos always float
And they dance in the waves
Do’in a Dos-y-Dos
As the lonely oceans rise
& the people cry but true music never dies
Dans tous les naufrages les pianos flottent toujours.

And the sea swallows
All the tricks& the trouble
And all we can see
Are the churches' white steeples
And the hands going up
Of all the lonely people --mais
Dans tous les naufrages les pianos flottent toujours

I place a piano on the tongue of the world
As I watch the oceans rise
I place a piano on the tongue of the world
To give the world a voice to cry.

Deux pianos dansent dos-à-dos
Dans une salle de bal immense
Deux pianos dansent
là, où plus personne ne danse….


released October 3, 2019
Words & Music © Phoebe Legere
PIano, Accordion, Vocals Phoebe Legere
Produced by Michel le François


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Phoebe Legere New York, New York

PHOEBE LEGERE is an award-winning musician and composer and playwright. She has played with Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Billy Joel, John Hartford, Steve Martin, and Hunter Thompson, among others. Legere was signed as a songwriter for Epic Records, and has recorded for Mercury, Island, Rizzoli, Funtone, ESP-Disk and Einstein Records. Legere has seventeen albums of original songs, ... more


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