Week 439 // A Missed Opportunity

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When I catch my breath
On the side of the road
I’m not quite sure where I am

And it takes a while
Before I notice a sign
The road likes to tell you where to go

Follow it this way
All the way home
Just follow it every step
You know where to go
When you pass all the people
Don’t look right at them
Don’t look them in the eye

And the people know
In the dark we will feed
We will take the blood from the earth

And the map will lie
And the neighbors will lie
And I’ll search for the face of a friend

Follow it this way
All the way home
Just follow it every step
You know where to go
When you pass all the people
Don’t look right at them
Don’t look them in the eye

Notes
After listening to this song, I disagree with it. I wrote the lyrics somewhat stream of consciousness, and I arrived at themes of an urban distrust of our neighbors, of strangers, and of others in general. There’s some truth in there, but it isn’t the whole truth. It isn’t most of the truth. I dismissed the quiet smiles on my block, and the simple ways that people help each other out all the time. I missed the bulwark of kindness and civility that makes life in chaotic place possible. This surely exists in some way in every neighborhood of every city worth a damn. It’s mostly the loudest voices that are hostile. I’ll write this song differently next time.

~M.E.

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