Week 372 // End Cycle (3)

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Allow the wind to turn this page
I’ve been nothing if not misunderstood
The sting on my tongue of the words I say
I’d have turned it myself if I could
I’ve been stumbling over and turning around
I’ve been nothing if not misunderstood

Out the window and over the lake
I’ve been nothing if not carried away
The past is a string of words we make
Cast ourselves in the stories we say
We’ve been heroes and villains and all manner of ghosts
I’ve been nothing if not carried away

And the key to it is
The illusion of the passage of time
As we’re mending and breaking
And meddling and then
If we pause even once
The illusion will unwind
So we’re stumbling and turning
And stumbling and turning again

Alone in a moment to myself
I am nothing if not grateful to you
I’ll place me there upon your shelf
I’m a music box playing your tune
And you’ll come home to find me wound up and you’ll know
I am nothing if not grateful to you

And the key to it is
The illusion of the passage of time
As we’re mending and breaking
And meddling and then
If we pause even once
The illusion will unwind
So we’re stumbling and turning
And stumbling and turning again

Notes
Happy New Year! 2017 is done, and all that remains to do is to post my final pondering on the year that was. Most people agree that the older you get, the faster time seems to slip and slide away. It’s a phenomenon of perception that I have observed since I was very young, but this was the year that time finally threw itself into high gear. This song is about trying to keep up with a blink-and-miss-it calendar year, and beginning to understand that life is merely a collection of moments and decisions that tend to fly from our fingers like loose papers in the wind.

Like many of my songs, the resolution to the central anxiety presented here is our beautiful mutual reliance upon the meaningful connections we make with other people. The people in your life are quite certainly all there is. I hope you marked the arrival of 2018 in good cheer, in the company of beloved family or friends. I hope you return to them in the months and years to come. I hope you tell them that they are everything.

~M.E.

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