Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This Old Man



this old man
he don't pray
he don't toss no stones
into the gray

this old man
he don't cry
he don't genuflect
don't even try
don't even try

this old man
this old man
with the sun in his eyes

this old man
don't meditate
he doesn't ponder
what to use for bait

this old man
lost his seeds
he will not plant them
no worry beads
no worry beads

this old man
this old man
with the sun in his eyes

is it an awful thing
is it so terrible
if we are criminals
suspense unbearable
is it a paradox
to know and not to see
this old man
a door without a key

this old man
he don't pray
he don't toss no stones
into the gray

this old man
he don't cry
he don't genuflect
don't even try
don't even try

this old man
this old man
with the sun in his eyes

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

take me far away


take me down the muddy mud track
take me down the dirty road
i would like to hold your hand there
i would like to see Tom Joad

i would tell him things are different
i would tell him they're the same
he was speaking to the chorus
before the fire left the flame

take me down to the cathedral
i will sit inside and sing
tell me jesus is a savior
i will believe most anything

(chorus)
take me, take me down
take me, take me all the way
take me, take for instance
for instance
take me far away
take me far away

i will walk to denver
greet it with an open heart
greetings to all who live in denver
hope i arrive before it's dark

dragons do not fly in denver
they walk around like everyone else
yield to them the right of way, yes
and everything should turn out well

(chorus)
take me, take me down
take me, take me all the way
take me, take for instance
for instance
take me far away
take me far away

take me down to the cathedral
i will sit inside and sing
tell me jesus is a savior
i will believe most anything

(chorus)
take me, take me down
take me, take me all the way
take me, take for instance
for instance
take me far away
take me far away

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