Friday Music Prompt #42: words & music

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wordsmith

& tongue-tied me

I read with awe & wonder

songsmith

& tone-deaf me

the lyrics are poetics

both have sustained me

saved me, shaped me

wordsmith

spoken for me

songsmith

sung for me

wordsmith

& tongue-tied me

songsmith

& tone-deaf me

shadow reality

in the mirror

of words

& music

I chose Virginia Woolf by the Indigo Girls, as I thought would be an interesting conduit into words and music. I hope other folks think so. Choosing music can be easy – stuff you like, but it has to resonate with a wide audience. Lyrics, sometimes more than the music, will do so. 

Closer to Fine, by the Indigo Girls has always been a bit of an anthem for me. Words and music. For Friday Music Prompt: Virginia Woolf by the Indigo Girls

I’m tryin’ to tell you somethin’ ’bout my life
Maybe give me insight between black and white
And the best thing you’ve ever done for me
Is to help me take my life less seriously
It’s only life after all, yeah

Well darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable
And lightness has a call that’s hard to hear
I wrap my fear around me like a blanket
I sailed my ship of safety ’til I sank it
I’m crawling on your shores

And I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine

And I went to see the doctor of philosophy
With a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knee
He never did marry or see a B-Grade movie
He graded my performance, he said he could see through me
I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind
Got my paper and I was free

I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine, yeah

I stopped by the bar at three A.M.
To seek solace in a bottle, or possibly a friend
And I woke up with a headache like my head against a board
Twice as cloudy as I’d been the night before
And I went in seeking clarity

I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
We go to the doctor, we go to the mountains
We look to the children, we drink from the fountain
Yeah, we go to the Bible, we go through the work out
We read up on revival, we stand up for the lookout
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine, yeah

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