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Songs My Shadow Sang

Artist: Pasco Pat

Album: Songs My Shadow Sang
Category: Americana, Singer/songwriter


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Description: Songs My Shadow Sang

Sing now forgotten melodies forsaken long ago.
The lullabies and ballads from a world I’ll never know.
When minstrels harmonized and mesmerizing banjos rang.
I cannot change the cadence of the songs my shadow sang.

Sing now the fearless anthems of the sinner and the saint.
The playground rhymes, the sacred hymns, the angry man’s complaint.
The love songs on the radio, the concerts in the park.
The chorus of the festival, the dirges in the dark.

I listened for the secrets in the songs my shadow sang.
Like wanted outlaws on the run they’d hide.
Unwearied, I pursued them to learn what they had to say.
Until I reached the sundown’s other side.
Until I found the land where they abide.

“Go sing the unsung songs,” they cried, “that reverence the rain.
Sing now the melancholy strains that take away the pain.
Sing to the clouds and to the walls within your prison cell.
Accept this truth and sing the songs your shadow sang so well.”

Confessing they were foolish, they admitted they were weak.
They insisted they caused no crime.
They warned me it’s not elusive fame that we should seek,
But a refuge in obscurity sublime,
An oasis in the scarcity of time.

The rain upon the ocean and the thunder in the sky,
The medley of the mockingbird, the buzzing of the fly,
The croaking of the bullfrog and the jeering of the jay
Will long outlast the common songs that we compose and play.

I listened for the secrets in the songs my shadow sang.
Like wanted outlaws on the run they’d hide.
Unwearied, I pursued them to learn what they had to say.
Until I reached the sundown’s other side.
Until I found the land where they abide.

Submitted: January 7, 2018 3:32PM


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