oceans lay between us and the things we think we need,
but i've known many who would gladly swim to get to where you are.
always more together than the ones you think are better off,
but darling, no one's made it half as far.
and it's so hard.
and i know how hard.
and i know how hard to pursue,
when you're just not breaking through,
but don't you let them tell you that you're wrong.
you're either thinning like the fog upon a marshy tidal bog
as the crane takes flight
and she sings her silent song
or spinning like a hurricane – they’ve not yet used your name
but I’m left wondering,
“why is it taking so long?”
and it’s so hard
and I know how hard.
and I know how hard to pursue when you’re just not breaking through
but don’t you let them tell you that you’re wrong
moving around in the space that you’ve found
to be finally fit for you
and you’re strong at the helm
but you're still overwhelmed by all the painting left to do.
everything's calm in the half-light of dawn
but the morning will bring no peace,
'coz you'll never be done with the work you've begun,
even in moments of relief.
grappling with time
and the mercury line as the afternoon sun gets hot
and you'll always be far from the things that you are
'coz there's so much that you're not.
so move it around, check your depth with a sounding,
your map reference against the stars.
and your work and your home,
like your clothes, are your own, like your skin and like your scars.
i told you they've had power all along,
so dont you let you tell you that you're wrong.


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    General Comment"and you'll always be far from the things that you are
    'coz there's so much that you're not."

    I've been thinking about this line lately, and I think maybe that Ted's sayin' that you can't see who you really are and the traits you really have because you're too hung up on all the things you aren't?
    Like, I guess just saying you can't be yourself if you're busy trying to be everything you're not?

    Just a thought. Anyways, I love this song, and Ted is an amazing artist. :)
    metaphoron February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRight on Metaphor. Personal development, is the name of this game. Some of the best people in the world are the ones most aware of their shortcomings. Would be a great song to dedicate to a good friend in need of a pick-me -up.
    uwjameson June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRight on Metaphor. Personal development, is the name of this game. Some of the best people in the world are the ones most aware of their shortcomings. Would be a great song to dedicate to a good friend in need of a pick-me -up.
    uwjameson June 30, 2008   Link

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