Monday, October 26, 2009

October Song

Somehow, every month, there seems to be a song that gets a hold of me and doesn't let go till everyone around me is sick of hearing it. Occasionally I get sick of it myself, and have to take a break. This month, however, it's the lyrics of Carolyn Arends' "Seize The Day" that got my juices flowing. I'm still in the throes, thought i'd share, so here:

I know a girl who was schooled in Manhattan
She reads dusty books and learns phrases in Latin
She is an author, or maybe a poet
A genius, but it's just this world doesn't know it
She works on her novel most everyday
If you laugh she will say

Seize the day – seize whatever you can
‘Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day – pray for grace from God's hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day

Well I know a doctor, a fine young physician
Left his six figure job for a mission position
He's healing the sick in an African clinic
He works in the dirt and writes home to the cynics
He says, “We work through the night so most everyday
As we watch the sun rise we can say…


I know a man who's been doing some thinking
He's as bitter and cold as the whiskey he's drinking
He's talking ‘bout fear, about chances not taken
If you listen to him you can hear his heart breaking
He says, “One day you're a boy and the next day you're dead
I wish way back when someone had said…


Well one thing I've noticed wherever I wander
Everyone's got a dream he can follow or squander
You can do what you will with the days you are given
I'm trying to spend mine on the business of living
So I'm singing my songs off of any old stage
You can laugh if you want – I'll still say…


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