Time, As a Symptom

Album: Divers (2015)
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  • Time passed hard
    And the task was the hardest thing she'd ever do
    But she forgot
    The moment she saw you

    So it would seem to be true
    When cruel birth debases, we forget
    When cruel death debases
    We believe it erases all the rest
    that precedes

    But stand brave, life-liver
    Bleeding out your days
    In the river of time
    Stand brave
    Time moves both ways

    In the nullifying, defeating, negating, repeating
    Joy of life
    The nullifying, defeating, negating, repeating
    Joy of life

    The moment of your greatest joy sustains
    Not axe nor hammer
    Tumor, tremor
    Can take it away, and it remains
    It remains

    And it pains me to say, I was wrong
    Love is not a symptom of time
    Time is just a symptom of love

    (And the nullifying, defeating, negating, repeating
    Joy of life
    The nullifying, defeating, negating, repeating
    Joy of life)

    Hardly seen, hardly felt
    Deep down where your fight is waiting
    Down 'till the light in your eyes is fading
    Joy of life
    Where I know that you can yield, when it comes down to it
    Bow like the field when the combs through it
    Joy of life
    And every little gust that chances through
    Will dance in the dust of me and you
    With joy of life
    And in our perfect secret-keeping
    One ear of corn
    In silent, reaping
    Joy of life

    Joy
    Again, around–a pause, a sound–a song
    A way a lone a last a loved a long
    A cave, a grave, a day: arise, ascend
    (Areion, Rharian, go free and graze
    Amen)

    A shore, a tide, unmoored–a sight, abroad
    A dawn, unmarked, undone, undarked (a god)
    No time, no flock, no chime, no clock, no end
    White star, white ship nightjar, transmit, transcend

    White star, white ship–nightjar, transmit, transcend
    White star, white ship–nightjar, transmit, transcend
    White star, white ship–nightjar, transmit, trans Writer/s: Joanna Newsom
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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