Friday, November 7, 2008


I've had Farewell To Sorrow for years now, but this particular song has never hit me quite the way it did today. I was driving my son & dog back from a little rainy day hike, listening to a mix cd I made awhile back and forgot about. This song came on (the studio version), and it just saturated me, heightening all of the little pleasures I was experiencing.

Music is amazing: it's the most persuasive argument for the existence of God that I can imagine.

"Carousing all the evening and the drinking of the wine,
The dancing and the winching and the ladies in line.
But we'll be lying idle in the morning of the day,
Carousing, carousing, carousing away!

And I love to see you angry, then I know you are alive.
And you're already rowdy when the flash girls arrive.
But we'll be lying idle in the morning of the day
Carousing, carousing, carousing away!

I feel the sickener run in my veins,
Holy pulse-quickener, easer of pains,
Knower of knowledge and namer of names,
Worker and shirker and player of games.
Oh holy pulse-quickener, how can this be
That that which unveileith doth also deceive?
Open the bottle and let the wine breathe,
Open the bottle and let the wine breathe."

-Carousing, by Alasdair Roberts


Lodo Grdzak said...

The wipers going rhythmically back and forth. The mist on the windshield whisked aside. The dog panting in the backseat from running round so hard. Your boy strapped into his safety seat fixated on your every move. Yeah. Not sure Im actually getting it right, but I've got a vision.

Spencer Troxell said...

That is inspired imagery. You are a good writer.