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01/28/22

Sometime in the late 1980's the studio moved to Hamilton Park. There was a tiny room on the third floor that was more or less isolated from the rest of the house (and from the neighbor's house) where I set up shop. The main thing about it was that I couldn't record a drum kit up there!

The result was that I wrote a lot of songs for acoustic guitar and keyboards. This one has about three interwoven acoustic guitar parts and a lead played on the slide guitar I'd made from an end table in Paradise one time when I had the flu. Could be the most optimistic song I've ever written.

The Great Ticking Heart.mp3


The Great Ticking Heart

We came up
From our sleep
And we watched
The minutes creep
Into the Great Ticking Heart

Seven jewels
Like a crown
An avalanche
That swept us down
Into the Great Ticking Heart
Into the Great Ticking Heart

The mainspring of the soul- keep alive
And through the headlong dive
Keep me whole

Escapement like a knife seeking home
Dividing all we've known
In our life

We came up
From a dream
And we watch
The seconds stream
Into the Great Ticking Heart
Into the Great Ticking Heart
Into the Great Ticking Heart