The Exchange

from Brown Book by Denise Mangiardi

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You’ll never be popular he said
As he walked out the door
There’s a ringing in my ear
Somewhere out there
He made an exchange

Of some kind , somewhere
Soul stuff ...

She quoted all the discs as junk food
As my soul lay somewhere on the desk
Within the mess , that the wild beasts left
A piece of spirit here there but left to fall in the bin with the rest

Was I exchanged for a different hand
Did I not, make your grade
But average among the crocodiles
You cried about and ran from in the night
And under the stars did you lay with me once
Was your jugular shot down
With overkill

Did I miss, the mark
That softer spot
When flames aroused, will swell and rise
And make you hungry , charmed , bewitched
And redefined

Oh now
Why are you singing my songs
Their songs , everyone’s songs
I dismiss you and remiss you
And so too, remember you
While in my absence I was shifted
Held, then rearranged
During the exchange


from Brown Book, released March 1, 2020


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Denise Mangiardi London, UK

Vocalist, pianist and composer Denise Mangiardi is originally from New York.has settled in London .Mangiardi has written an album inspired by the great melting pot of her home city, combining jazz, folk, blues and latin music. That well of inspiration is allied to her experience as a classical composer and arranger, leading her to write a unique and eclectic album of original songs. ... more

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