Week 398 // Proof

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Oh the night’s flame
Bursts in green and blue
In the alleyway
The light climbs all around you
In the olden days
We’d’ve had no other word but truth

Gone are the days
Of human kind
And in our place
Is naught but time
And all this space
And that seems fine

Oh when the chorus comes
I’ll sing about speaking the truth
There will be a melody
I will offer it up as proof
There will be a word like “God”
It will cut to the core of you

Night on the desert
On the edge
It could take a couple years
But we’ll forget
It’s a thing we’re built to do
And we do it well

The moon knows not
Her grasp upon the tide
In the olden days
We’d’ve had nothing to lose but time

Love in the cages
Love in the anguish
Love in the morning time

Notes
I’m still working out what I’ve got in this song. I took more care with the words and music than has been typical of this project in recent months. I felt the words I sang, and I offer them as proof of something true, but I’m not certain of precisely what I’ve got to prove. Were I the listener, I’d key in on words like desert and cages, because there’s something of the current moment in this song. I’d also pay attention to themes of past, forgetting, and proof, because there’s something about epistemology here. I’d also let the guitar whisper in your ear, because there’s a trust in the truth of music within the words. If you listen, feel free to let me know what you hear.

~M.E.

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