Week 279 // All of These Things

by Mount Everest

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I wrote this song with little awareness of what I was writing about, so these notes are really more of a reaction or an interpretation, rather than an explanation. As I've written before, this is largely what I do every week, but this time I feel it acutely because what I hear is a collection of themes and images, rather than an organized thought. There is a sense of impending peril, but there's also a note of optimism. There is certainly a dash of technophobia, and suspicion surrounding the state of discourse and the potential dwindling of humankind's humanity. There is a desire for greater purpose, and a puzzlement at losing touch with faith. There is nostalgia, but I hope it is balanced somewhere by some cosmic opposite, because I generally think of nostalgia as foolish. It is all too human to idealize the past, but in this case I hope I am exercising something more akin to a conservationist's desire to preserve human love and kindness. There is tenderness. There is love. There is family. All of these things. This is better than most of my songs.

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Great and growing cloud
Every heart is restless now
Every eye fixed on the storm
And oh my darling
I will whisper soft and kind
Like everything is nothing at all

Hours and hours and hours
Fleeting fear and gentle fall
Wondrous dream of clarion call
Oh who are we that tend our fires
And breath our faith
While everyone is buried alive

Oh my darling
Sleep in the moonlight
Sleep 'til the morning breaks
Dream of the firelight
Dream of your lover
Dream 'til the morning breaks

Cold and twisted spire
Thoughts it casts in pulsing light
Codes to crack and swallow life
Though what we've wrought
Seems all too human
Don't concede that
Everyone is no-one at all

Oh my mother
Oh my father
Sleep 'til the morning light
Dream of the mountain
Dream of your children
Dream 'til the morning light

Years and years ago
Before the war was gathering dust
Before the book had eaten up trust
All we were was carved upon us
Known to all
That everyone is someone to love

Oh my child
Sleep in the moonlight
Sleep 'til the morning breaks
Dream of the firelight
Dream of the future
Dream 'til the morning breaks

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released March 21, 2016

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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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