Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Spring Wind

I had an unusual opportunity this afternoon. Not that it should be unusual, but it really is. I write specialty programs, and today I actually have a few uninterrupted hours to actually code. Sounds funny, doesn't it? But anyone who does this for a living understands very well. You get wrapped up in projects, and maintenance, and customer service, and... Before long, you're doing very little coding.

But anyway, I brought some lighter music out of the iPod today to accompany this. I'm still not 100% physically, and the lighter music seemed just the ticket today. But I listened to a couple albums by modern day "folk" artists, Paul Thorn and Greg Brown. Both incredible song writers and singers in their own way.

Greg Brown really got me going today, though. His lyrics can sometimes hit me right between the eyes. Here are the lyrics for his song "Spring Wind". The studio version can be found on an album called Dream Cafe. Go to or Amazon and order it - you won't be disappointed.

Spring Wind
Greg Brown

I lived awhile without you, darn near half my life.
I no longer see our unborn children, born to you my unwed wife.
But yesterday I had a vision, beneath the tree where we once talked,
of an old couple burning their love letters so their children won't be shocked.

Love calls like the wild birds-- it's another day.
A Spring wind blew my list of things to do...away.

My friends are gettin older, so I guess I must be too.
Without their loving kindness, I don't know what I'd do.
Oh the wine bottle's half empty-- the money's all spent.
And we're a cross between our parents and hippies in a tent.

[repeat chorus]

In a mucked up lovely river, I cast my little fly.
I look at that river and smell it and it makes me wanna cry.
Oh to clean our dirty planet, now there's a noble wish,
and I'm puttin my shoulder to the wheel 'cause I wanna catch some fish.

[repeat chorus]

Children go to sleep now-- you know it's gettin' late.
I know you don't like to miss nothin' and school ain't that great.
Oh, I'll dance with you when you're happy, and hold you when you're sad,
and hope you know how glad I am, just to be your Dad.

[repeat chorus]

Darlin' it's been a hard go but I think we'll be okay.
I know I say that all the time like everything else I say.
Oh, I've been gone so often, but every time I miss you,
and I don't really know nothin', Except I like to kiss you.

[repeat chorus]


Greg said...

Review of Greg Brown's concert in Burlington Vermont on November 3, on my blog at: