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Episode 23 What is it for?

December 10, 2011

Words and Music–Richard Allen
Produced by David Barratt at the Abattoir of Good Taste

Vocal and Guitar–William Thaumatrope
Ukulele and everything else–David Barratt

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NARRATIVE

This song is dedicated to the memory of Tom Keavy and to all those who have “slipped away” into the long night at an age when life has just begun to open in all its vitality and richness. I am not sure it is possible to write a song about something so tragic and deeply felt–the death of a child in a moment of self-delusion–that other people might actually want to listen to. But it is what it is: a very personal song. It is my way of sharing the burden of guilt and suffering that all of us who knew Tom feel, and to register the sheer fact of his presence and his spirit. It is a tribute and a memorial.

LYRIC

What is it for that you’re taken from me?
I can no longer think, I can no longer breathe
You slipped away in that foolish knot
And I’m left alone to finish the plot
My soul is broken, I’m splintered apart
Are birds of paradise bearing your heart?
I’ll merge with you in your wish to be free
I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be, anarchy

Life shouldn’t end it should just fade away
In our right time when we’ve had our day
Your looks, your smile, your way with the words
The slope of your walk, the wave of your curl
My soul is broken, I’m splintered apart
Are birds of paradise bearing your heart?
I’ll merge with you in your wish to be free
I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be, anarchy

What is it for?

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One Comment
  1. Geoff H permalink

    I have lost three friends this autumn. The important thing is to mark the passing in one way or another. You were right to do it in the way you did.
    Condolances
    Geoff

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