Arriving Home

I came across a quote from T.S. Eliot again recently that had informed part of my thinking in my song Runaway Train and also I realize actually reflects a lot of my thinking generally in my song-writing.

The quote is "The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

In my song Runaway Train I say in the last verse

"Every steps a journey, or so it seems
Till you realize you've never left where you've always been.."

The characters in Runaway Train are all finding there way back home under a threat of annialation of one sort or another.

In another song, a simple minor blues type piece called Trying To Get Home Blues (not yet recorded) I say

"She's standing by the window, just behind the light
She's standing by the window, almost out of sight
Trying to get home, trying to get home.."

I'm realizing that a strong theme of my song writing is the idea of returning home. It is a spiritual unease if you like that drives this idea or more simply an existential insecurity. Finding a solid ground to stand upon when the foundations are shaking constantly is a challenge! Perhaps that is the natural and "normal" state. In a song that will be on the next album, a tune called A Circle is a Hard Place to Hide" I say

"Seems uncertainty is the purpose of it all
The reason and the beauty of our fall.."

That "uncertainty" provides the possibility of freedom, to whatever degree, that we have I guess. Eating from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - what a great metaphor for this existential state!

Song-writing for me is an opportunity to explore in as disciplined a way as possible these sorts of ideas.

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