Wednesday, December 23, 2009

So Long

This song is just a little weird. My lyricist, William, had noticed a little boy who was a dead ringer for a kid he'd known growing up. The boy was about the same age now as they were then, if you follow me. It hardly seemed possible, in that albino African-Americans aren't common. So he wrote these verses.

Around the same time I was reading a story by Harlan Ellison called "Jeffty is Five", in which not only does Jeffty never grow old, but Jeffty's world is equally unchanged. So, given the verses from William and an understanding of the concept from H.E., I finished the song. Here, this explains the concept:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffty_Is_Five

The song is simply an exploration of what it might feel like to always be a child. I know when I was young, I couldn't wait to be older. What if your birthday never comes?



Man! Look at that serious face! I'm really tempted to do that again, this time wearing a Guy Fawkes mask or something.

So Long
wmh - pre-1982

He was young when I was young
It seems I knew him long ago
And now I don't know him at all.
But he doesn't grow

And it's been so long
He doesn't grow
His day won't come
His life goes on
It's been so long
His eyes, they show
When death has come
Take me along.

Forever ever frozen in time
Escaping age for a life
He remains a child, remains behind
Still moving in my eye.

And it's been so long
He doesn't grow
His day won't come
His life goes on and on and on
And it's been so long
His eyes, they show
When death has come
Take me along.

The black boy with the white face
Who runs who hides who plays
Forever hidden in space
Still moving in one place.

And it's been so long
He doesn't grow
His day won't come
His life goes on and on and on and on and on...
And it's been so long
His eyes, they show
When death has come
Please take me along.
(So long, so long!)
Take me along
(So long, so long!)
Take me along

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