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Song: The Time Upon The Clock

FAWM 2019

Album: FAWM 2019
Track: #20

This is my favorite kind of song to write, because it's imaginary characters in an imaginary story veiling something less easy to describe/emote. I also like to keep it ambiguous, because, though while I was writing it to a specific subject by the end (only marginally -- the song was mostly written before I realized what was in my subconscious), metaphors are just better when left unguided, in my opinion.

Also, there should be a word for the thing a metaphor represents. Metaphee? I dunno ... seems like a gap in language.

And while I hate to say it, I do hear echoes of "Black Balloon" and "3 AM" (songs that were popular right around the time I started learning to play guitar), so, without going too deep into where "originality" actually comes from anyway, I swear complete unintentionality there ...

I hope you like it! Let me know what you think, as usual. :)

Lyrics Print

Baby got her black coat on
Left to catch her train and
Changed her mind before she even boarded
Baby got her black coat on

Then she started to wander
But wouldn't you know it was raining
She bought an umbrella she could afford it
Then she started to wander

Can she see the time upon the
Can she see the time upon the clock?

Then she started to wonder
Where she was ever aiming
She felt so lost but she ignored it
When she started to wonder

Baby never talked to nobody
Didn't want to seem complaining
Ideas so scrambled thoughts distorted
Baby never talked to nobody

Hello there
Can I help you find your way
But she struggled
To find the words to say OK

Can't you see the time upon the
Can't you see the time upon the clock?

Baby got her black coat on
Ain't no sense in changing
She finally realized where she'd transported
And why she couldn't see the time upon the clock
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