"To Live is To Fly" as written by and Townes Van Zandt....
Won't say I love you, babe
Won't say I need you, babe
But I'm gonna get you babe
And I will not do you wrong
Living's mostly wasting time
And I'll waste my share of mine
But it never feels too good
So let's don't take too long
You're soft as glass
And I'm a gentle man
We got the sky to talk about
And the earth to lie upon

Days, up and down they come
Like rain on a congadrum
Forget most, remember some
But don't turn none away
Everything is not enough
And nothin' is too much to bear
Where you been is good and gone
All you keep is the getting there

To live is to fly
Low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eyes

Goodbye to all my friends
It's time to go again
Think of all the poetry
And the pickin' down the line
I'll miss the system here
The bottom's low
And the treble's clear
But it don't pay to think too much
On things you leave behind
I will be gone
But it won't be long
I will be a'bringin' back the melodies
And rhythm that I find

We all got holes to fill
Them holes are all that's real
Some fall on you like a storm
Sometimes you dig your own
The choice is yours to make
Time is yours to take
Some sail upon/dive into the sea
Some toil upon the stone

To live is to fly
Low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eyes

Shake the dust off of your wings
And the tears out of your eyes


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    General CommentWhat a great song! It's full of "life quotes" that you can hang on your wall or quote on some social network page or whatever floats your boat. In that sense, it reminds me of Jimmy Buffett's "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes." I don't mean that the two songs are similar in their subject matter or anything; I mean that they are alike in that they are both full of great quotes that have to do with life and are worded just right. And, I mean that as a complement to both songs because I believe that both songs are great and are classics and excellently written.
    A person could spend pages upon pages writing on the meanings of this song, as it's so much about life, and life is pretty complex and different for everyone. Instead, I'll just point out one of my favorite parts of the song:
    The second part of this song - :
    "Days up and down they come
    Like rain on a conga drum
    Forget most, remember some
    But don't turn none of way"

    - This part reminds me of lyrics from Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry":
    "Good friends we have
    Oh, good friends we've lost along the way
    In this bright future
    You can't forget your past
    So, dry your tears, I say"

    To me, both songs speak about a person's past. Both are saying that everyone's past is full of some pain and heartbreak and misery, but we cannot allow our past to control us or negatively affect our future. Instead, we must learn from our mistakes and move on from them, to become more experienced, wiser souls, who won't make the same mistakes, again. We should forgive ourselves for our past, but we should never forget it because we can learn a great deal from those good and bad experiences.
    smtownon January 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Wont say I love you, babe,
    Wont say I need you, babe,
    But Im gonna get you babe
    And I will not do you wrong."

    When I hear this, I picture Death saying it.
    icymoreon December 29, 2010   Link

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