Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

There is no still point in all the Universe, and that is the rock upon which I stand

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Now Leave Me Be



Saw a very sad woman, she wasn't able to talk
She used to be a runner, but these days she can't walk
When they knocked on her door, she just shut her eyes
Don't tell her any secrets, she won't tell you any lies

They told me that old man Burks passed away a week ago
Been sick and crazy ever since he left the road
His momma had told him that god was hanging high
Too much light comes through the clouds and through the shimmering skies

(chorus)
Said the preacher:
Everyone, disperse this day
Everyone, everybody
I haven't any answers
Now leave me be
We can sing our pretty songs
And nod our heads
When we die we say goodbye
Now leave me be
None of this was meant to last
Now leave me be

They say to row your boat, gently down the stream
That life will roll along, merrily in a dream
You can buy on credit and wealth is just a lie
The rivers just roll along, and the rivers rise

Someone asked the preacher, why are things this way?
What's the point of paradise if it all just goes away?
The preacher, he shook his head, he hates cracking wise
Too much light comes through the clouds and through the shimmering skies

(chorus)
Said the preacher:
Everyone, disperse this day
Everyone, everybody
I haven't any answers
Now leave me be
We can sing our pretty songs
And nod our heads
When we die we say goodbye
Now leave me be
None of this was meant to last
Now leave me be

My old man, he's sick in bed, weak and nearly spent
You don't get to own your life, all you get to do is rent
He looked at the TV and shook his graying head
"Why do people who don't love life try to run the world instead?"

I do my best to remember, when the beast is out
You get closer with a whisper than you do with a shout
They say that we are cripples, but someday we all will rise
Too much light comes through the clouds and through the shimmering skies

(chorus)
Said the preacher:
Everyone, disperse this day
Everyone, everybody
I haven't any answers
Now leave me be
We can sing our pretty songs
And nod our heads
When we die we say goodbye
Now leave me be
None of this was meant to last
Now leave me be

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