Week 255 // The Last Castle Wall

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All the ant people
Live in separate cities
Every time they see the rain

And in my old tunnel
I just don’t know where I am
Even though it looks the same

And hear the air raid siren
Blowing in the wind
Singing what?
I couldn’t say

And feel the old castle wall
Shake beneath the cannon ball
Shatter slowly in the rain

And you don’t have to get up
We ain’t like the young folks
They’re squeezing out every drop

But watch the age that we’re in
‘Cause we ain’t like the old folks
We’re still breaking in our skin

And all my old friends
Are still my newest friends
But I don’t wonder what it means

If the moment’s catching
If the chill will stick around
You’ll find my face against the breeze

And hear the old folks
Laughing their hearts the floor below
What will it take to be like that?

To be the last castle wall
Why it remains while others fall
We will remain
We’ll be the last

And you don’t have to get up
We ain’t like the young folks
They’re squeezing out every drop

But watch the age that we’re in
‘Cause we ain’t like the old folks
We’re still breaking in our skin

Notes
The rain has gotten colder lately. People react by becoming islands. Around here that means they are islands within islands. It’s disorienting when umbrellas replace faces. Even underground, familiar stations become alien and the heart longs for something old a familiar. This is a song about appreciating things that last as bulwarks against a world that is ever fleeting, ever in a state of destruction and recombination. It is about old friendships, and old buildings, and ancient neighbors that never seem to vanish, that give us a sense of longevity toward which we might aspire. I haven’t gotten old yet, but as I look around the buzzing scene, I see young faces peeking out, eager and alive. It’s time to consider how one prepares for the next step. What does it take to age without fading? What does it take to crack without breaking? These and other questions are asked but not answered.

~M.E.

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