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Oh, Blue-Green Wanderer (Song for Venice)

Jesse Giles
Jesse Giles Christiansen


I recently went on a Mediterranean honeymoon with my wife, Corinna. Of all the beautiful places we visited, from the French Riviera, to Rome, to even Montenegro, the place that furrowed the deepest in my heart was Venezia (Venice), Italy. In fact, the day we left I kept hearing this song wherever I went, its lyrics sculpting in my mind in the wee hours. When we returned, I sat with my guitar and let it find its fruition. 

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Oh, Blue-Green Wanderer (Song for Venice, Italy)


A starry-eyed lover serenaded the sea 

A jealous moon rose and Venice was dreamed

By the time I arrived, her lover had gone

But down each glass canal, you can still hear his song




Oh, blue-eyed wanderer, will you marry me?

Together we'll build a home on the sea  

Sinking steps will be our alter, always touching you 

The flowers in the window, our love in bloom 

And each ship passing through, will sound its lonesome horn 

Because we loved so completely, Venice was born



You still haunt the city, like a lonely gypsy

Kissing the doorsteps, looking for me

I know that I'm not the man you loved before

But my guitar is his gondola, and my words his oar




My blue-green wanderer, will you stay with me?

Forever we'll live in our home on the sea 

I'll sit on the steps, waiting for you

Watching the passing, lazy lovers of June

And after all the travelers have come and gone

Because we loved so completely, Venice lives on





And till I return, in my heart you will be

Oh, Venice, true love, between man and the sea


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