can’t see the forest

A Lyrical Moment

Posted in epistemology, lyrics, Music, philosophy, Phish, Poetry by Curtis on 4/26/07

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Just a quick moment between other obligations to share a little song lyric that’s been on my mind all day. The song is Pebbles and Marbles by Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall. It appeared on the Phish album Round Room (2002), in my opinion the band’s best output in terms of quintessential lyrical songwriting (which is far from all they did, of course).

Sometimes I think it was written just for me.

She started a blaze with one tiny spark
I didn’t even detect.

She loved the light, was dismayed by the dark;
The stars, though, she seemed to respect.

The faint light that flutters at night to the earth
would land in her eyes and collect.
Luminous creatures she’d find in the surf
I never thought to inspect.

Pebbles and marbles, like things on my mind,
seem to get lost and harder to find—
when I’m alone I am inclined,
if I find a marble in sand,
to think that it fell from my hand.

She gave me ideas, planted the seed,
but she never thought to reflect.

The course that she’s on—wherever it leads—
I never would redirect.

Pebbles and marbles, like words from a friend,
make us hold tight but are lost in the end.
When we’re alone we all seem to tend,
if we find a marble in dust,
to wish someone left it for us.

Pebbles and marbles, like things on my mind,
seem to get lost and harder to find—
when I’m alone I am inclined,
if I find a marble in sand,
to think that it fell from my hand.

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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 4/26/07 at 11:01 am

    Lovely! Will seek out the song, but somehow I think to preserve only the lyrics without the musical manifestation wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

  2. Curtis said, on 4/26/07 at 11:03 am

    You never know…it might come to you. :-D

    Off to psychology. The paper is DONE!

    Thanks…this is one of my favorites, for sure.

  3. Bluebear2 said, on 4/30/07 at 4:54 pm

    Ah yes – Trey!


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