Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Birthday Song for April 21

My birthday is tomorrow, April 21, but I likely will not have time to write a long entry until the evening.  Since I am working on the late shift today, I have time this morning to express my thoughts.  As we age we begin to think about our own mortality.  Over the past year I discovered that a former co-worker and a classmate in graduate school passed away.  As time passes I have confonted ageism.  We live in a youth culture and very often older people are ignored.  Technology is changing and it is very difficult to keep up with the new developments.  Older people are often resistant to change.  I am not going to report my age here, but it is pretty easy to figure it out. For my birthday song I have selected Not Dark Yet by Bob Dylan which appeared on the Time Out of Mind album in 1997.  There is a Youtube video of a Dylan performance still online.

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, I’ve been to London and I’ve been to gay Paree
I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Copyright © 1997 by Special Rider Music

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