Week 41 // Way Up In Elder Mountain


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Way up in Elder Mountain
You can remember who you are
You remember the sensation
Of your own beating heart

And way down on the coastline
In the early morning air
I resolve to my intention
To be laying myself bare

And I would love to know
What’s the balance of it all?
Of what we’re carrying inside

Like the part and not the whole
And the nature of us all
And the features that we hide

Take them all for a ride

I found a flower in my notebook
After I had reached my home
It had turned brown and dried all over
But its fragrance struck a note

And I remember one so guarded
Like a chip upon the soul
It’s no good to feel downhearted
Waiting around and getting old

And I would love to know
What’s the balance of it all?
Of what we’re carrying inside

Like the part and not the whole
And the nature of us all
And the features that we hide

And the chances that we take
On the people that we know
And the ones we leave behind

And the hours of the day
And the days that make a year
And the years that build a life

Take them all for a ride

Notes
 width=Last week I came home from a grand and sprawling adventure that took me to the most beautiful corners of New England. As always, trips like that wind up being fertile ground for self reflection. Traveling around New England, I am always struck by the power that the varying landscapes have over my state of mind. It is nearly as potent as the power that the people that I find there have over my sense of connection to humanity. This is a song about several places and several people, but mostly it is a song about taking your sense of self and your sense of others on the road. That is where the answers are, and more importantly it is where the questions are. I am certain that asking questions is more important than finding answers in life. Curiosity about people is what makes it interesting to live. That is why I drive around New England. It is full of such curious people.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.
~Jesse

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2 thoughts on “Week 41 // Way Up In Elder Mountain

  1. hey jesse… my computer was being stupid and as i paused the song to write a comment about the lyrics the underlying guitar melody kept playing on repeat and I just sat there listening to it for about 10 minutes chilling and reflecting on summer thanks for that

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