Saturday, June 27, 2009

Edisto

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This is about politics... the 2008 election. I had to ask William about some of the symbols, so here goes. The gulls are the politicians, noisily calling attention to themselves... if you've ever seen gulls, you know what I'm talking about. The pelicans are the press. “Edislow” isn't a typo... it's what you call Edisto island if you've ever lived there, for obvious reasons. “no pale pastels” came from a speech by Ronald Reagan. That should get you through it.


EDISTO
wmh - November 18, 2008

The gulls are all gathering there on the rail
Each one seems to tell his own tale
Destiny, change, and the new New Deals
Just to satisfy the many squeaky wheels

I can't possibly write down what I've seen from here
From far left or right there is so little time
The day to day choreography
And the images etched upon my mind

[chorus]
I wish everyone could dream like me
Just to see the things the way that I see
I don't claim to know all there is to know
But there ain't no pale pastels here at Edisto

How can I bend my mind 'round this island
When I can't even get past these tides
I don't know what all these pelicans know
But unlike them I'm stranded here on Edislow

And it seems to change when the blue moon blinks
Handshakes, speeches, sails, and secret winks
Kissing babies' cheeks on the beach
And promising changes that are out of reach

Now I can't navigate these waters
And I can't just sit still and still take orders
We could argue for hours and never achieve sensibility
I feel like a man trying to change the laws of gravity

[chorus]
I wish everyone could dream like me
Just to see the things the way that I see
I don't claim to know all there is to know
But there ain't no pale pastels here at Edisto

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