February 22, 2017

The Other Side

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The sax is sailing three sheets to the wind,
While the organ's rehearsing original Sin.
The lead guitar's flailing, and falling behind,
While the bass guitar's wailing and losing his mind.
The drummer's in hiding. He can't be spied,
But the singer is taking it all in stride.
He knows life on the street Is never as sweet
As life here on the Other Side.

The Other Side, the Other Side.
Come carry me over to the Other Side.
Some may be lost, while others abide.
Some never pay, while others pay twice.
Some swim in fire, others dance inside the ice.
Some sleep forever. Others take that ride
To the carnival shining on the Other Side.

Everybody wants to make it, wants to do their dance.
Nobody wants to break it, shatter their trance.
Making endless music out on the edge of night,
You want them all to love you, well, they just might.
If the song is not too long, or your face a federal crime,
If the band plays fast and loose, if the train comes in on time,
They'll all buy your tickets gladly, slip you silver on the side,
If you can give them just a glimpse of the Other Side.

Pull yourselves together while there's something left to save.
Aren't you getting tired of chasing shadows in a cave?
Outside the stars are singing still, perfectly in tune.
You can see it's getting late, there's a circle round the moon.
You don't need songs to tell you that freedom's in your shoes,
And love the only known cure for all a lover's blues.
In love some found the answer, and for love some have died,
But it's only love that makes you real out on the Other Side.

The Other Side, the Other Side,
We'll help you get over to the Other Side,
Where no one is lost, where all will abide
In those rainbow crystal cities made of ice,
And swim in seas of sunlight. It's no sacrifice
To hold on to the music, let it be your guide
Through these solid stone walls to the Other Side.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 22, 2017 9:36 PM
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Commentary and thank you GVdL for your deep diving.

The Other Side, the Other Side
Oh let not woe betide.
With your oars of ardor
Stroke your heart, your one true guide.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at February 23, 2017 6:50 AM