There comes a time in life
To pull on your coat and go outside
To taste the vinegar of life, bitter life
Taste a second time, and it's a sweet surprise
Sweet surprise

It's not that hard to figure it out
When there's no question, there's no doubt
Burned in efigy, senseless time
Dispute the miracle, but the water still was wine
And that's my crime

There is a face in the stone
We let it out to find its form
To shape the testament of will, strongest will
Pride, humility a bitter pill
Bitter pill

Sweet surrender, oh my Lord
I never thought I'd see
It's not surprising, still I find
I'm shaking, crying
But I'm laughing, softly

There comes a time
To pull on your coat and go outside

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    General Comment"This is a song that came out of reading The Tao of Pooh. I get my Eastern philosophy the way most Westerners do, which is third- or fourth-hand. The Tao of Pooh is a great way to gather third-hand Eastern philosophy.

    "In any event, there's a description of a painting called The Vinegar Taster. Buddha and Lao-Tzu and Confucius are all sitting around with ladles and a big vat of vinegar. Buddha and Confucius are both going 'ick,' and Lao-Tzu is smiling, because life is sweet. And the other two just don't know it yet."

    -Glen Phillips
    toadtwson January 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf anyone wishes to read more on that painting.. go….

    This is toads best song, and it was there last. This song came when i saw everything coming to an end in my life.. High School, nirvana, toad, and at the time i thought the cure.. I still have a hard time listening to it.. I lost this song for around 5 years...i just found it on the web last night... yay!
    suicidemoonon January 21, 2007   Link

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