Tuesday, January 25, 2011

biting your tail

May your eyes be wide and seeing
May your learn from the view where you're kneeling
Know the fear of the world that you're feeling
Is the fear of a slave
May you know how the fire was started
Want as much for the snake as the garden
Wear them both like a glove that you can wave

May your mouth betray your wisdom
May you get what they fail to mention
May your love be your only religion
Preach it to us all
May you lose what you offer gladly
May you worship the time and it's passing
Stars won't ever wait for you to watch them fall

We're the smoke on a burnt horizon
We're a boat on a tide that's rising
both the post and the pig you're untying
Butcher gone for the blade
Someday we may all be happy
Someday all make a face worth slapping
Someday we may be shocked to be laughing
At the way you behave

May your hands be strong and willing
May you know when to speak and to listen
May you find every friend that you're missing
There's no check in the mail
May you end up bruised and purple
Know the pieces the shape of a circle
Round and round you go
Biting your tail

We're the journey and the wind is whipping
Short hands on the clock still ticking
Both the egg and the red fox grinning
His belly full for the day
Someday we may all want nothing
And all together we'll get what's coming
Someday all say the world was something
That we just couldnt change

May your tongue be soft and wicked
Know your part in the calf and the killing
See straight through the captain you're kissing
Helm loose in his hand
May your words be well worth stealing
Put your hand on your heart when your singing
Choirs sick of the song
But they still gotta stand

-Iron and Wine


Blogger Janet said...

Hety Jenna: Get all your ducks in a row with animal care and then just sit under a blanket with your feet up, watch some Edwardian Farm and then hit the sack early - we can all relax a little - the long range weather is for moderate temps right through the first week in Feb and that means sap will be flowing very soon! We'll all make it!
Your strength will return with one peaceful night.
Great lyrics!

January 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Glenn said...

"The House You Live In"
Gordon Lightfoot

Go first in the world, go forth with your fears
Remember a price must be paid
Be always too soon, be never too fast
At the time when all bets must be laid
Beware of the darkness, be kind to your children
Remember the woman who waits
And the house you live in will never fall down
If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate
When you're caught by the gale and you're full under sail
Beware of the dangers below
And the song that you sing should not be too sad
And be sure not to sing it too slow
Be calm in the face of all common disgraces
And know what they're doin' it for
And the house you live in will never fall down
If you pity the stranger who stands at your door

When you're out on the road and feelin' quite lost
Consider the burden of fame
And he who is wise will not criticize
When other men fail at the game
Beware of strange faces and dark dingy places
Be careful while bending the law
And the house you live in will never fall down
If you pity the stranger who stands at your door

When you're down in the dumps and not ready to deal
Decide what it is that you need
Is it money or love, is it learnin' to live
Or is it the mouth you must feed
Be known as a man who will always be candid
On questions that do not relate
And the house you live in will never fall down
If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate
And the house you live in will never fall down
If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate...

January 25, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Mare said...

This little saying has helped me over and over again "This too shall pass" I remember that when i go to bed at night i put away the day behind me and wake up to brand new possibilities. And hopefully i am smarter and a better person for the experience...

January 25, 2011 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

Now you know why many people out in the country put hay bales all the way around their house foundations before winter hits and it stays until spring. Poor man's insulation. Hope the weather warms enough for the drains to thaw soon. When the do thaw check carefully for leaks.

January 25, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have a good night and stay warm and cozy.

January 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Dee Winters said...

You are loved & appreciated.

January 25, 2011 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I love Lightfoot too. And those are some fine lyrics.

I vote for 'Song for a Winter's Night' as well.

January 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Yep, "This too shall pass" is good; so is "Everything happens for a reason". Steep, steep learning curve this winter but it will stand you in good stead for the future.

As Janet says, the sap will be running soon, and February 3 at our latitude is when we're back to 10 hours of daylight. Ten hours is the turning point, the magic day when growth begins again and the birds' song begins to change to one of spring.

Nine days...

Hang in there, kiddo.

January 25, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I always figure I can do anything provided I don't have to do it forever.

Take good notes, review them and do better. The thing I have found that kills off allot of folks who make this farming their life is they do too much too soon.

Less is better.

January 25, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

In case none of you have noticed, it is now staying light until 5PM at least on the coast of Maine. Yea!! We are gaining however we have some more of winter to make us stronger and to truly appreciate spring.

January 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Chance said...

*Are* you going to be sugaring this year? Sap will be running soon. I can imagine some Cold Antler syrup. Counting the days till sap up here in N. Vermont. Then comes the interim thaw and slush. Another late snow (or two or three). Then it's lambing and fiddleheads and mud season and the headlong rush and tumble into spring. The earth seems so frozen now, but she is starting, with the return of the light, to twinkle and wake. Stay warm, hang in there. you'll get through this. We're all rooting for you. Fantastic song, I just love it.

January 25, 2011 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

****Goatldi said...

I always figure I can do anything provided I don't have to do it forever****

cor that is SO true Goatldi!!!
Someone on the Green Living forum was using straw bales against a nort east wall to prevent frozen pipes in the wall,it really works.

January 26, 2011 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

Gorgeous lyrics as usual. Hold on in there Jenna. You may feel you're biting your tail now but it will not be like this forever!

January 26, 2011 at 4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there Jenna...looks like you may have to batten down the hatches again. You are my inspiration;)

January 26, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger kadfoto said...

Jenna, isn't this an amazing song!? I was blown away when I first heard. Hope you are well, and warm.

January 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger gooddogboy said...

I just bought some rabbits that I will raise for meat and manure. They are in basement. Does anyone know where I can get catch pans that are about 18 by 38 for under the cages, or in structions on how to build them? I tried posting my question in the forums, but could not see how to post a new question. Thanks

January 28, 2011 at 7:40 AM  

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