Mewithoutyou - Goodbye, I! lyrics

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the Farmer drove his tractor where the soil had been tilled

planting Corn in rank and file from the silo to the lumber mill

he rode along in silence as he looked out past the Honeysuckle field,

watched the water turn the waterwheel

thinking about his daughter with affection,

her reaction of disdain

the day he replaced the blue Hydrangea

with the climbing frame

while her disappointed Sister looked on,

quiet as the snow, knowing well:

those who know don’t talk

and those who talk don’t know

but (tho she tried)

she couldn’t help but sing!

the Tortoise in the wheelchair wrapped his forehead in a bandage

wore a plaster cast on his phony broken leg

so he’d get pushed around the sidewalk by the Zookeeper’s assistant

with the Hummingbird observing from behind a yellow Flower,

flapping his tiny wings so fast you couldn’t see them

with resentment for the Tortoise (which was clear by his expression)

but the Tortoise turned and smiled with a Peacefulness which proved

there’s a movement in our stillness and however much we move

we’re bound to stand completely still

so let’s stand completely still!

come, Tortoise, standing still -

go, Hummingbird, my will

come, Tortoise, stumbling blind -

go, Hummingbird, my eyes

come, Tortoise, letting go

go, Hummingbird, ‘I know’

come Tortoise undefined –

go, Hummingbird, my mind

come Tortoise, empty hands -

go, Hummingbird, my plans,

come, Tortoise, come and die -

go, Hummingbird, my I

goodbye, I!

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