It was raining and I borrowed a hat from the hotel's doorman.
It was my birthday. I was all by myself.
I was born a twin and my identical brother died just hours after our birth.
I found that I was walking in Berlin and weeping in the rain.
I don't know: I must have been twenty five years old.
in those days I could see shapes as well as colors so I followed blue jackets essentially at random.
I recited silently a list of jazz standards:
Something To Remember You By
It Never Entered My Mind
Ballad of the Sad Young Men
Why Was I Born?
Hi Lili, Hi Lo
The Way We Were
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Cry Me A River
Some Other Time
I'm Through With Love
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
One For My Baby
Thanks For the Memories (As sung by Rosemary Clooney)
I Got It Bad (Houston Person, Ron Carter)
O I walked for hours in the rain, blind and lonely in Berlin, with all those songs in my mind…