song: water under the bridge

Photo: with kind permission Cheri Lucas Rowlands at http://writingthroughthefog.com/about/

Photo: with kind permission Cheri Lucas Rowlands at http://writingthroughthefog.com/about/

Told me you don’t want this life no more, living so alone
so heavy with trouble, leaves you weary and cold to the bone
Too much of nothing, and nothing don’t want to live
Want to make it all go away like water under the bridge

You said how your crystal girl, she calls you with her troubles again
But this time you left her standing, crying wild in the rain
you told me you got nothing more, nothing left to give
it’s all been washed away like water under the bridge

I see you falling down so far
as you throw yourself into the river of lights and the moon and the stars
your life goes dancing by in pictures
Disappearing into somewhere who knows where
only God knows all you wanted while you slid
was someone to catch you baby, before you’re water under the bridge

Oh everyone who knows you, thinks you’re a pretty fine man
But your back is up against the wall, you got your own blood on your hands
It’s all of that pretending, and everything you hid
will come falling out your pockets as you go tumbling like water under the bridge

for no one really knows you, you keep yourself apart
No one sees your purity, sees into your heart
You hide away the secret love you can’t receive or give
rather let it float away like water under the bridge

I see you falling down so far
as you throw yourself into the river of lights and the moon and stars
your life goes dancing by in pictures
disappearing into somewhere who knows God knows no matter what you said or did
Someone’s gonna catch you falling so you don’t slip away like water
Please don’t slip away like water
Don’t want you to slip away like water…

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song: the way to lindisfarne

Uncertain of the future we make our way to Lindisfarne
Where the sea conceals the road and the way becomes a mystery
pilgrims on a journey we have come to find our history
in our dereliction, in the ruins of all our wrongs
paying homage to our losses, the reason we have come

Will you meet me on the island, the island Lindisfarne
You will find me in the ruins where the arches frame the sky
laying bare the naked skeleton  of what could not survive
It’s there among the fallen, we‘ll undress what we’ve become
retrieving all we should’ve saved, and all we left undone

If you meet me on the island, the island Lindisfarne
We could start at the beginning as if we still had time
as if we could recover what was never yours or mine
You’ll undo all your longing and I’ll empty myself of you
Then we’ll return to lives unshadowed by the love we chose to lose

And once we’ve left the island, when we’re far from Lindisfarne
we’ll pretend this was a dream and that we always knew
you’ll never have me in this lifetime and I must burn each thought of you
it’s just the last thing I remember, where the sea draws over stone
There were still two travellers waiting for the sea to free the road

They are the ghosts of our surrender to another history
and they will take the road not taken, the road we couldn’t see.

acknowledgements:  Robert Frost & dear friends MG and CG who took me there