Week 235 // Strange New Land

by Mount Everest

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The work is done. The toil is over. I have walked the mile and emerged unscathed. Today is graduation day. There will be plenty of fanfare and hullabaloo for me, and for many people I've met. There's a good chance we even deserve it; they don't just hand out a master's degree, you know? But my mind is a bit quieter about the whole thing, and I think that is reflected in today's song. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited, and proud of myself, and I'm looking forward to celebrating. It's just that I've grown accustomed to taking a longer view of things, and this space affords me room to indulge quieter reflection on life's milestones. This song is a rumination on where I've emerged after a long journey, and an acknowledgement of the journey yet to come. Already this writeup is more self-indulgent than the song itself, so I think I'll leave you there. I hope you enjoy another quiet little song.

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Just like that I get a feeling
That I'm no longer a stowaway
I made it to the shore
And all at once
I set my feet upon the sand
And sink my toes
I haven't been this way before

And the air's so sweet
The smell of spring and that perfume
It's got me floating off my feet
And I'm a dangerous man
I come this way to find what's mine
And take it right into my hand
And it's a strange new land we're in

Every morning
I look out into the world
And ponder what out in the world
Is looking back
And every evening
Taking stock of what I've seen
I write it down and I forget it
Just like that

'Cause it's a dangerous place
The world's intentions are severe
It's got them written on its face
And I'm a civilized man
I've only got what I've been given
Knuckles white upon my hand
And it's a strange new land we're in

And all of Christendom
Will look into the sky
And wonder what up in the clouds
Is looking down
And as for me
I'd rather look into your eyes
And count reflections of our lives
Here on the ground

Though it's the softest sound
Your breath can cut the dead of night
And draw the covers all around
And I'm a fortunate man
That when the earth shakes
I am steady hanging tightly to your hand
And it's a strange new land we're in

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released May 18, 2015

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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