Lyric of the Day

Today’s lyric is an old favorite. I happened to hear it yesterday and it resonated with me in a way I hadn’t felt before. Joni Mitchell is a favorite of mine, but I’d always considered the lyrics to this song, kind of sad (in a hopeful sort of way, if that makes any sort of sense), and felt the piece in general was one that, although beautiful, was one of her lesser achievements (for Joni, a lesser achievement is like a platinum record for most artists). I don’t believe that anymore. I had an epiphany. Yesterday I found strength for the weak, hope for the forlorn, and acceptance as the prevailing theme throughout.

Joni Mitchell – I Think I Understand

I hate to do this to you, but this song is to be found NOWHERE on the internet. I did, however, find the entire record “Clouds”. You can find “I Think I Understand” at 22:38, although if you’re interested in poetry and haven’t heard this album, take a listen to the whole goshdarn thing, because it’s wonderful.

 

Daylight falls upon the path
The forest falls behind
Today I am not prey to dark uncertainty
The shadow trembles in its wrath
I’ve robbed its blackness blind
And tasted sunlight as my fear came clear to me

I think I understand
Fear is like a wilderland
Stepping stones or sinking sand

Now the way leads to the hills
Above the steeple’s chime
Below me sleepy rooftops round the harbor
It’s there I’ll take my thirsty fill
Of friendship over wine
Forgetting fear but never disregarding her

Oh, I think I understand
Fear is like a wilderland
Stepping stones or sinking sand

Sometimes voices in the night
Will call me back again
Back along the pathway of a troubled mind
When forests rise to block the light
That keeps a traveler sane
I’ll challenge them with flashes from a brighter time

Oh, I think I understand
Fear is like a wilderland
Stepping stones and sinking sand

Love,

Naptimethoughts

 

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