I'll sing you this October song,
Oh, there is no song before it.
The words and tune are none of my own,
for my joys and sorrows bore it.

Beside the sea
The brambly briars, in the still of evening,
Birds fly out behind the sun,
and with them I'll be leaving.

The fallen leaves that jewel the ground,
They know the art of dying,
And leave with joy their glad gold hearts,
In the scarlet shadows lying.

When hunger calls my footsteps home,
The morning follows after,
I swim the seas within my mind,
And the pine-trees laugh green laughter.

I used to search for happiness,
And I used to follow pleasure,
But I found a door behind my mind,
And that's the greatest treasure.

For rulers like to lay down laws,
And rebels like to break them,
And the poor priests like to walk in chains,
And God likes to forsake them.

I met a man whose name was Time,
And he said, "I must be going,"
But just how long ago that was,
I have no way of knowing.

Sometimes I want to murder time,
Sometimes when my heart's aching,
But mostly I just stroll along,
The path that he is taking.


Lyrics submitted by mrtrout

October Song Lyrics as written by Robin D.h. Williamson Robin Williamson

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General Comment

    It's poetry and it's unbelieveable songwritng the strings just cut you up as the song goes along

    stoner4lifeon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    Love this song. What's up with the lack of comments for this great group?

    adobe830on February 29, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    the snow is on the hills of my heart and to speak is to die.

    from Maya by ISB

    andmooreagainon October 01, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretation

    A beautiful, deep song about accepting one's mortality and embracing everyday life.

    futatoriuson March 16, 2019   Link

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