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P_Allen
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Not done this for a while, thought I'd get stuck in.

The photograph I chose was a school photograph of my whole year. It's the story of me and some of those in it.

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Time moves so fast but my hands work so slowly
Barely a moment to rest or to pause
Time's a deceiver but life is an empire
Build it up strong then you'll weather the storm

It's spring here in England it's barely been christmas
It's merely a welcome to sweat and to toil
I work till I'm falling and drink till I'm crying
Slipping away into sorrow and mirth

[Bridge]

The stories they told me will never quite leave me
They're cutting me deeper as I pause for breath
I just watched a play and it meant nothing to me
Simply an echo of life or of death

I'm reading a book to escape all my memories
I'm writing a song to compound all my fears
Perhaps one day I will know all of the answers
Or maybe the questions will soon disappear

It's late in the year so I slowly walk backwards
Bathe in the heat of the fire and the flame
I work night and day, build a tower to heaven
But quicken the pace thanks to lucifer's brains

[Bridge 2]

I look on life and the dreams I dropped
The love I had and the smiles I lost
I'm making a note of the things I missed out on
The things that I gained and the lines that I crossed

**

Your thoughts and comments appreciated.

Pete. :)

Why Do Other Peoples Shipbuilding When you Could Go Diving For Pearls Of Your Own?


   
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geoo
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Man, I really like this song. Especially this part
Time moves so fast but my hands work so slowly
Barely a moment to rest or to pause
Time's a deceiver but life is an empire
Build it up strong then you'll weather the storm

You give a total counter perspective of how I view life in my songs. Such as:
Life was never good anyways
Just a string of lonesome days

I also like this
It's late in the year so I slowly walk backwards
Bathe in the heat of the fire and the flame
I work night and day, build a tower to heaven
But quicken the pace thanks to lucifer's brains

To me its saying that by building that tower to heaven you have ultimately dont the opposite and worship the thing, the tower in this case, instead of God. Thus doing ultimately what lucifer wanted. Dont know if thats what you meant.. but that is how I took it.

Thanks for sharing the song
Geoo

“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” - David Russell (Scottish classical Guitarist. b.1942)


   
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P_Allen
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Thanks.

That Tower to heaven part was actually more of a metaphor. I was referring to the way that people, me being the perfect example, often have the right idea but go about things in the wrong mannner. George Bush is a perfect example for me - his anti-terror stance is good, the way in which he has tried to bring this about bad. (By the way I would ask you not to respond to my comments on Bush, I do not want this thread to degenerate into a political debate, thanks)

However, feel free to interpret things in whatever way you choose. I may have wrote the song but I would never be so arrogant to assume that I know what it means.

Thanks for your comments.

Pete. :)

Why Do Other Peoples Shipbuilding When you Could Go Diving For Pearls Of Your Own?


   
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Celt
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Welcome Back,

Good Song !
One line kind of bugs me but I don't quite know why.
It's spring here in England it's barely been christmas

It just doesn't sit right with me for some unknown reason.

But what it leads into is great.
I work till I'm falling and drink till I'm crying
Slipping away into sorrow and mirth

So who am I to say anything.

Strong Comback

John

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" It's easier than waiting around to die" Townes Van Zandt


   
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Vic Lewis VL
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I think - well this is how it looked to me, anyway - Pete was trying to convey a sense of time passing by so quickly....it seems these days, the Xmas tree's barely down before the Easter Eggs are in the shops....

Some excellent metaphors in there...

"Time's a deceiver but life is an empire
Build it up strong then you'll weather the storm"

along with the more down to earth...

"I work till I'm falling and drink till I'm crying
Slipping away into sorrow and mirth "

I'd file this one under "very nice blend of profound and prosaic"....well written!

:D :D :D

Vic

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"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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P_Allen
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Thanks for all comments.

Vic, that is exactly waht I was trying to do. Time was the key theme for this piece, although I am aware of the fact that time in itself is beyond comprehension and only makes sense when applied to something - your life and actions within it for example. It is also true that you may achieve a great deal in a small amount of time or very little over a long period of time. The point is that nothing is constant, all things must change.

I may appear to have gone off on one here but these were major factors in the tone of the piece and, to me at least, time is an endless source of discussion and inspiration and I am never quite sure where I stand on the matter.

Thanks again for all of your comments.

Pete. :)

Why Do Other Peoples Shipbuilding When you Could Go Diving For Pearls Of Your Own?


   
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