Week 421 // It Only Lights the Way

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It only gets you down
It only gets you down
It only gets you down
It only gets you down

It always feels the same
Can it mean the same thing?
It always feels the same
Can it mean the same thing?

It only lights the way
You still have to make it home
It only lights the way
You still have to make it home

It always feels the same
Arrival is the great reprieve
It always feels the same
Arrival is the great reprieve

And if it lifts you up
How are you to name the view?
If it lifts you up
How are you to name the view?

You won’t feel the same
You will feel the ways you change
You won’t feel the same
You will feel the ways you change
You won’t feel the same
You will feel the ways you change
You won’t feel the same
You will feel the ways you change

Notes
Change has many faces. It can be so abrupt and jarring that it leaves one disoriented, turned around, and confounded. It can also be so maddeningly gradual that it is easily mistaken for stagnation. This song sings to that second kind of change; the kind that you don’t recognize until you look back at large swaths of your life, and you finally appreciate the substance of point B in its profound contrast to that of point A. This song uses repetition to simulate the slow creep of change. It is a series of mantras with a beginning and an end.

~M.E.

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