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Placid Court

from Openhearted by Priya Parrotta

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“Placid Court” is a tribute to the street in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which has been my home my entire life. This neighborhood, as well as several adjacent to it, have recently been witnessing the encroachment of new, private investors who are converting multigenerational residences into lucrative Airbnbs. I wrote this song as a reminder that, in neighborhoods such as this, there exist deeper relationships than these investors could possibly comprehend. For us, even the most simple of occurrences—meeting a friend for a morning stroll—can be filled with mystery and joyful connection to the ground, the trees, and the sky which surrounds us.


Tangerine and golden light
Mist emerging from the night
Bright chirps of brilliant birds
A place and a presence beyond words

Meet me here outside my door
As we have so many times before
Take my hand, and let us stroll
Walk with me, here and whole

Let us borrow the day
Let our thoughts and feelings stray
As we walk down these sun-soaked streets
Life, let us meet

This is a place many feel they can buy
But we’d like to see them try
Beneath our steps the Earth beats
No one can truly own these streets

Let us borrow the day
Let our thoughts and feelings stray
As we walk down these sun-soaked streets
Life, let us meet


from Openhearted, released July 4, 2023
Music, lyrics and production by Priya Parrotta


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Priya Parrotta Rome, Italy

Priya is an author, singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and activist dedicated to peace and healing across borders. Her music celebrates the Earth, the skies, and the journeys of our hearts. She is a multicultural, world citizen with close connections to the Mediterranean, South Asia & the Americas. Priya was one of 50 musicians nationwide to be nominated for the 2022 US Artists Fellowship. ... more

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