Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Older than Rome and all of this sorrow

A friend once mentioned that Bright Eyes would be right up my musical alley. I think she's right, but it's been a slow process of determination. "Cleanse," which I came across recently stuck out.

Interesting how references to locations can call concepts to mind:

Hear the chimes, did you know that the wind when it blows
It is older than Rome and all of this sorrow
See the new pyramids down in old Manhattan
From the roof of a friend's I watched an empire ending
Heard it loud and long the river's Om
Time marching on to a madman's drum
The words seem to be strung together like a magician's handkerchief:
Don't forget what you've learned all you give is returned
And if life seems absurd what you need is some laughter
And a season to sleep and a place to get clean
Maybe Los Angeles, somewhere no one is expecting...
Take the fruit from the tree, break the skin with your teeth
Is it bitter or sweet? All depends on your timing
Like a meeting of chance with the train station glance..
To top it off, a change of pronouns, one word addition, and classic two line ending?
Hear the chimes, did you know that the wind when it blows
It is older than Rome and our joy and our sorrow
Hmm. Interesting.

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