Monday, June 18, 2012

Afraid of the Dark: Magpies and Music

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ~Aldous Huxley

"Darkness is a harsh term, don't you think?  Yet it dominates the things I see."  ~Mumford and Sons

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ~Victor Hugo

Each night, I get a little nervous.  I know the nightmares will come.  I know I will wake up frightened.  I know in the morning I'll rediscover the thoughts that scare me during my waking hours.  More than anything I want to call out.  Ask for help.  Say stay with me.  But the words come out wrong.  I know I'm far too much work, a tiresome person.  Too crazy.  Too emotional.  Too earnest all the time. Maybe the best we (or perhaps just me) can do is find a lullaby to ease our travel into the darkness.  Below is mine.


"Magpie to the Morning" by Neko Case is my lullaby.  My favorite lyrics are in red.
The magpie comes a-calling
drops a marble from the sky
tin roof sounds alarming
wake up child
let this be a warning says the magpie to the morning
don't let this fading summer pass you by
don't let this fading summer pass you by

Black hands held so high
the vulture wheels and dives
something on the thermals yanked his chain
he smelled your boring apex
rotting on the train tracks
he laughed under his breath because you thought you could outrun sorrow

take your own advice
cause thunder and lightning gets you rain
run an airtight mission, a Cousteau expedition
find a diamond at the bottom of the drain
a diamond at the bottom of the drain

here I go

mockingbirds sing in the middle of the night
all his songs are stolen so he hides
stolen from the mouth of the whiporwill, screaming car alarms
he sings 'em for you special
he knows you're afraid of the dark
come on sorrow, take your own advice
hide under the bed, turn out the light

the stars this night in the sky are ringing out
you can almost hear them saying
close your eyes now kid
close your eyes now kid
morning's teeth are lit
they are waiting

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