Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith

Time is the great gift; sex is the great equalizer; love is the great mystery

Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • The Dreaming Road [lyrics]
  • Alone But Not Lonely [lyrics]
  • What Was It Like [lyrics]
  • Late For Your Life/Going Home [lyrics]

I adore Mary Chapin Carpenter, she's one of my favorite singer-songwriters. She's the Joni Mitchell of my generation as far as I'm concerned. She writes and sings about requited and unrequited love like few can. I have long said that one of the most awful, sick feelings is when you know you love someone desperately who doesn't love you back. Knowing and being in touch with the war between heart and mind, and all of the perspective you lose in the process, these are the sorts of things she writes about. Extraordinary music.

The above tracks are from the album "Time* Sex* Love*", and are a few of the real standouts from that album. Here are the reasons I love these songs:

The Dreaming Road
I loved you more than life and I guess that's why I died
When you would not love me back I couldn't survive
And so the girl I was turned into someone else
Keeping to myself and from the light
I wasn't odd or strange, just quietly rearranged
Sometimes the biggest change stays out of sight


But beneath this ancient sky, one night we did collide
And the hole I thought was scaled opened wide
I tried so hard again not to fall back in
But you had me then by the throat
And a strange futility came washing over me
Almost peacefully I felt the rope


The stars are out tonight, the breeze is soft and light
As I'm walking right back to you
With nothing left to hide, the tears have all been cried
And the girl who died is walking too
Down the dreaming road, where the light is always gold
The air is never cold and always fine
And north is always true and you are always you
And I'm that girl you knew once upon a time
Alone But Not Lonely - this is what I listen to when Damien goes out of town on business.
Everyday on the street I study their faces
The ones who rush on through the crowd
Towards their own quiet worlds, their separate places
Somewhere I'm never allowed
'Cause I've always been one to say what I need
And than the next thing it's done and I'm watching 'em leave
And I'm thinking, I wish I could be
Alone but not lonely

So which one are you tonight
Do you change with the morning light
Do you say more than what sounds right
Do you say what you mean?

There are moments in time that are meant to be held
Like fragile, breakable things
There are others that pass us, you can't even tell
Such is their grace and their speed
And this one is gone in the blink of an eye
You can ask me the truth but tonight I will lie
Unflinching I'll tell you that I'm alone but not lonely
What Was It Like
'Cause I feel like a big mistake that you managed to not quite make
And just walk away


You took something that felt so good
And crushed it because you could
One summer night
What was it like

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