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Lebanese Girl

by Chris Sorrenti

I saw her there on the high powered elevator
Rocketing to my floor
She had that sub-tropic deep brown skin
That makes you want for more
And she was pretty yes very pretty
You see she had survived the war
A Canadian citizen from the heart of Beirut
And I think I want a Lebanese girl

No I don't care what religion you are
All I want is the Lebanese girl
You and me together
We can be a Christian and a Muslim
Making peace movements
Cause all I want is a Lebanese girl
Oh you look so fine with your chestnut eyes
Exploring the frontier of a northern clime
Can't you see it in the way I'm smiling at you
All I want is the Lebanese girl

I said "good bye" stepping off the elevator
But she didn't hear a word I’d said
She was sinking her thoughts
Into another man's language
You see she had survived the war
But then suddenly she looked up
And I heard her speak English
In a foreign accent
Complementing her Shy-ite smile
It was then that I tumbled
As I heard a bomb roar
I fell in love with the Lebanese girl

© 1984

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Posted on 02/03/2006
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 02/03/06 at 05:06 PM

Wonderfully lyrical, Chris. I can hear this song, in more ways than one. Great details, too. High marks!

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 02/03/06 at 09:56 PM

can't blame you. We have breakfast every Sat. at our friends' restaurant, and see lots of very beautiful Lebanese people there (as they are who run it). And the little babies, that are in the family are so handsome too.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/03/06 at 11:52 PM

This is very fun to read from the rocketing elevator, the peace movements, to the bomb's roar!!!!

Posted by Rusty C Arquette on 02/04/06 at 09:05 PM

Wonderfully lyrical...brought to mind both Neil Young's 'Cinnamon Girl' and Marshal Crenshaw's 'Cynical Girl'...I can see how you were brought 'round to poetry through lyric, as I was in my teens, very nice rhythms Chris! - RCat

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 02/05/06 at 02:33 PM

it's also sort of like the current hit "You're Beautiful" about the man who sees a woman on the crowded street but she's with someone, meanwhile he's falling in love with her instantly and doubts he'll ever see her again.

Posted by JD Clay on 02/06/06 at 05:13 PM

Fascinating and alluring lyrics, Chris, this one has platinum written all over it. But I'm not sure it would get much air-time on today's emotionally charged radio. Great stuff, especially the word play to cap it off.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 02/07/06 at 03:23 PM

Good poem lyric Chris. But I agree with Jadi not much air time in todays turmoil filled days...Charlie

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 02/07/06 at 03:36 PM

I agree this would make a great song lyric, maybe with a little metrical tinkering, and I like the "Shy-ite smile" and the "bomb" in the last stanza.... d:-)

Posted by Ulyss Rubey on 02/08/06 at 12:58 AM

Very well done indeed, but maybe too hot for the air right now.

Posted by Gregory R Schelske on 05/08/11 at 09:09 AM

You are one cool cat. I love this piece...and I want a Lebanese girl.

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