"Departure" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Be it sight, sound, the smell, the touch.
There's something,
Inside that we need so much,
The sight of a touch, or the scent of a sound,

Or the strength of an arquebus deep in the ground.
The wonder of flowers, to be covered, and then to burst up,
through tarmack, to the sun again,
Or to fly to the sun without burning a wing,

To lie in the meadow and hear the grass sing,
To have all these things in our memories hoard,
And to use them,
To help us,

To find...

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"Departure" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General CommentAnother of Graeme's poems put to... 'music'. Sorta. Sure, someone is going to say it's an 'acid trip'. Ooh, that's original. Geez. How about going BEYOND that and saying it's about thinking outside the box and perceiving everyday things that we take for granted in a new light - it's all around if we could but perceive.

    This song is a GREAT lead-in to Ride My See-saw that follows. The tension builds and builds until finally some relief comes in the form of that drum beat and stinging guitar. Awesome.

    This song always makes me picture a Lunatic blasting off into space that gets crazier the higher he goes until he finally loses it. I always thought this song would have fit perfectly on To Our Childrens Childrens Chilren.
    Digi-Gon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo begin with, the lyrics posted here should read "To find THE LOST CHORD" at the end. Even if this song's lyrics arose from an acid trip, that only ever affects word choice, lol. The imagery is still reflective of HOPE: a deeply-rooted oak tree, a flower persisting to bloom through an airport tarmac, flying to the sun without burning/losing wings. Each of those imagery examples represent PERSISTENT HOPE. As in "hope springs anew" with the living things, and the naive hope even in the face of adversity as Icarus flies to the sun with man-made wings, all these images are ones of HOPE. However, the purpose of HOPE is to fulfill that need mentioned in the second line which is LOVE. Without HOPE, people don't struggle to find LOVE after that first bad break-up, but the "chord" (that's ironically "lost" from the entry) is "lost" unless it's vibrating inside. Metaphysical theory stipulates that people who feel as though they share "connections" actual share energy "chords" and we also use the image of chords to describe LOVE as in our heartstrings sing when we meet that person with whom we share a connection. Physical science also supports geological "attuned" spots that have predictable physical events that support the human chord theory. People need HOPE to find LOVE and eventually the LOST CHORD. For the more pessimistic, LOVE does not have to be romantic love. It could also apply to love of humanity or passion for something of substance in life.
    jamiescryinon July 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's not so much about trying to find something as it is about trying to define what that intangible missing thing is. I think it's different for everyone; it could be something you don't have or something you should get rid of, something you're not doing or something you need to stop doing. That's really what the whole album's about, each song describing something new or different that a person might need to achieve enlightenment, represented by the last song, "Om".
    Chocolate Is Yummyon July 17, 2008   Link

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