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I have now officially given up trying not to write songs about water. Maybe it’s because they always come to me in the shower? This one started in yesterday’s shower, second verse in today’s (26 Oct 2009), and third verse kept me walking around town until it finished up, on a balcony overlooking the creek.
I decided not to write it down until it was finished, which added a sense of urgency and may have helped streamline the lyrics.
When it seemed clear it was done, I continued on to my office, and did a draft recording using a teleconferencing headset - one take on guitar and one take on vocals. It’s very raw and there are several specifics that are wrong, but I thought I’d put it up as an experiment.
I live in a city named after a city,
In a neighborhood named for a creek,
Which is named for a falls - which is named… for the city…
And when I see that waterfall I can’t speak
‘Cause the names wash away with the falling,
And my thoughts wash away with the names,
And my heart fills with love for that water
Till it’s so full that I hope it won’t leak.
I’ve been given a daughter, whom I’ve given my name
(Though another one day she may take).
I watched her flow into this bright and deep world,
And I’ll watch her flow out to the lake.
She ripples and babbles and chuckles,
And runs long where she’s pulled by the earth,
And my heart fills with love for that daughter
Till it’s so full that I hope it won’t break.
I live in a city that’s floating on water
And I’m rowing my boat in a dream.
Before me, my father; behind me, my daughter;
I wonder who’s coxing this team?
And the names flow away with the motion,
And the story flows out of the scene,
And my heart fills with love for this story
Till it’s so full it cascades downstream…
Forever cascading downstream.
TJW: Martin Backpacker guitar, vocals