Saturday, July 16, 2011

Loss To Mourn









Before my Daddy passed away
He said "Son, it isn't easy what I have to say."
I'm not even sure it's true,
But my Daddy told me, so I'm telling you:

"Unless a man has a loss to mourn, 
He hasn't been born at all.
Until a woman's been intimate with grief, 
She's still a little girl."





Youth is wasted on the young.
(Who else would it be wasted
on?)
Another thing my Daddy said:
"Life is wasted on the living.
Death is wasted on the dead."

"Unless a man has a loss to mourn, 
He hasn't been born at all.
Until a woman's been intimate with grief, 

She's still a little girl. 








Why do we bring children into this world of woe?
We talk about freedom -- 
But we've got nowhere else to go."

My Old Man makes a last request
To be fed like a baby 
At his mama’s breast.
I take him to a fancy restaurant --
I say "Daddy you can order anything you want."

Unless a man has a loss to mourn, 
He hasn't been born at all.
Until a woman's been intimate with grief, 
She's still a little girl.






Note Loss To Mourn, the lead-off song on Peter Blegvad's last collection of all-new material, Hangman's Hill, has been more and more on my mind lately, for reasons I didn't understand until yesterday evening.  A link to the song, which features the performances of Peter Blegvad (voice/guitar), John Greaves (bass), Chris Cutler (drums), Bob Drake (guitar) and B.J. Cole (pedal steel guitar) is found Here.





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