An offering of peace for the times when life brings pain.
The winter of 1990-91 was rough. People around me got hurt in accidents, died of cancer, committed suicide. I was living out in the country, alone much of the time. Things weren’t making sense.
This song came in a moment of perspective, and I recorded it for a reminder.
Note that it’s not called “as it should be,” or “as some personal intelligence has planned it out to be.” I’ve got nothing against songs with those titles, but for me the point is that what’s really here simply is what’s really here, and the alternatives are interesting but irrelevant.
These kinds of philosophical assertions aren’t very emotionally satisfying, though. So, the song ends with a purely emotional expression of support.
all is as it must be as it must be this moment for you seeds sprout when warm rains come reach for the sun winter before spring wait it out hopes rise and hopes are dashed this, too, shall pass and passing, becomes you clear your eyes friends meet and friends move on none stays for long all will meet again love them now all of your joy, all of your pain wheels within wheels, again and again you never learn the same lesson twice dry your eyes you are loved peace is in you
tjw: 12-string guitar, vocals