February 8, 2015

Something Wonderful: The Circle Game / Tom Rush

The circle game | Power Line

“They used to tell me I sounded old. Now I sound young,” he said. I asked him if he thought he’d still be performing for a living 50 years after he took it up. “No,” he laughed. “When I started doing this it was the path of least resistance. I graduated with a degree in English literature that had no career path attached. People were willing to pay me to sing and play guitar. I couldn’t figure out why.” He added: “I’m still trying to figure it out.” And he threw in this memory for good measure: “My mom always asked when I was going to get a real job.”

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
He caught a dragonfly inside a jar
And fearful when the sky was full of thunders
And tearful at the falling of a star.

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round
And the painted ponies go up and down
Were captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go 'round and 'round in the circle game.

Then the child moved ten times 'round the seasons
And skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like, when youre older, must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams.

And sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
And they tell him : 'Take your time, it wont be long now'
'Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down'.

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round
The painted ponies go up and down
Were captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go 'round and 'round in the circle game.

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through.

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round
Painted ponies go up and down
Were captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go 'round and 'round in the circle game
And go 'round and 'round
And go 'round and 'round in the circle game.

Geezer bonus track: Tom Rush, The Memory Song....

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 8, 2015 2:01 PM
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This song always touched my heartstrings, but I'm still partial to Joni's version.

Posted by: SteveS. at February 9, 2015 9:30 AM