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Original Song: "When Morning Looms"

Updated on February 23, 2019
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Music is my first love. I write songs and record them from time to time. I especially love my songs that exude spiritual ardor.

"The frost is on the fence post"

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Introduction and Text of Song

The singing of birds in the morning often heralds a day of remembering. Glorious angels surround the meditation seat of one who remembers. Often the thought of water always seeking, seeking its own level will remind the brain of honesty, forth-righteousness, and delivery from evil. Many songs remain dull outposts of themselves as they pander, exaggerate, and often obliterate true meaning in favor of calumny. Yet poems that are transformed into songs may hold a certain magic, if only for the singer/poet. This song/poem regales against the "Quacker" who would not only cheapen but attempt to obliterate the sun that shines on the flock of lies that quackers often tell themselves in order to stand taller. Satan is ready to command and some will always follow, while others will not.

When Morning Looms

"And all the time she didn't pay the least attention to Quacker . . . " —Old Granny Fox, Thornton W. Burgess

Chorus:

There’s nothing clouds can shake
To break the jealous ties
The frost in on the fence post
The water is still wise

Verse 1:

When morning looms
And the pepper is hot
The turtle will be bright
But the sturgeon will not
After butterflies spill free
And the yellow turns to gold
The quirky will stay young
The evil will grow old

Verse 2:

Nothing to see here, Quacker
Nothing to hear at all
The moss grows on the wrong side
While the bitter reaps the fall
You've raked the scent of verses
And burned them in your nose
And dumped your figs on stories
That vindicate the rose

Verse 3:

The wisdom of the ages
Prevails without a brain
But nuts and loons and titmice
Disturb the worn terrain
Nobody gives a damn about
A song sung by a saint
And plucky hens and misanthropes
Still spin their days drug-dazed

Verse 4:

O hurry sun and come to all
Who wither in the rain
And spray your rays to badger them
Who lack a civil brain
When morning looms
And the pepper turns to dawn
The turtle will sing on
But the sturgeon will be gone

Commentary

To listen to the song, performed by the songwriter, please visit "When Morning Looms" at SoundCloud.

Chorus: The Squelch of Ideas

There’s nothing clouds can shake
To break the jealous ties
The frost in on the fence post
The water is still wise

The chorus of Grimes' song, "When Morning Looms," dramatizes the postmodern squelch of ideas that penetrate both weather and the common truth that water which does nothing other than seek its own level is "wise." Frost on the fence post is, in fact, just another form of water. And how long does frost on the fence post last? Until the sun comes up! Unfortunately, the frost may appear again and again until springtime.

Verse 1: A New Beginning

When morning looms
And the pepper is hot
The turtle will be bright
But the sturgeon will not
After butterflies spill free
And the yellow turns to gold
The quirky will stay young
The evil will grow old

Every morning offers a new beginning for the children of planet Earth. The sun rises on the innocent and the guilty alike. The singer of this plaintiff song has come to the stage of life to realize that her own station is like that of a "turtle"; the adversary, however, occupies the level of "sturgeon." Evolutionarily, the turtle is higher than the sturgeon: the turtle treads the land, while the sturgeon still breathes through gills—swimming is its only way of locomotion. A turtle might swim as it chooses, but it also walks on the ground. Naturally then the "turtle will be bright" and the "sturgeon will not" be bright. The sturgeon will remain water-bound. No matter how bright the sturgeon might think itself, the fact is that it will remain the victim of gills. Not content to equate each station of life of victim and adversary in her worldview to turtle/sturgeon, the singer metaphorically sings in "butterflies." Butterflies after resting gestationally in the cocoon stage eventually "spill free." "Yellow" which in some venues equals cowardice turns to "gold," as the singer notes she has witnessed that "quirky" folks seem to remain youthful, while "the evil" or those who criticize, judge, and otherwise denigrate others lose their youthful spirit.

Verse 2: The Emptiness of Blather, Bilge, and Poppycock

Nothing to see here, Quacker
Nothing to hear at all
The moss grows on the wrong side
While the bitter reaps the fall
You've raked the scent of verses
And burned them in your nose
And dumped your figs on stories
That vindicate the rose

The speaker then accepts the fact that what she has to sing will have no influence on those who will never understand her "quirky" nature. She calls her adversary "Quacker" because for her all the blathering, bilge, and poppycock she has heard from that quarter is nothing but quacking. The singer/speaker knows and accepts the fact that nothing she can ever say or do will change the position of the "sturgeon" and quacking duck who would always continue to denigrate her life choices, if she would but allow it. According to the thinking of the singer, the adversary is bitter and will reap the fall; the adversary's moss "grows on the wrong side." The adversary has either deliberately or maliciously misinterpreted the written discourse of the singer. The singer/poet describes that likely malicious act as burning poems in the nose and dumping figs on those written narratives.

Verse 3: Letting the Eternal Pass By

The wisdom of the ages
Prevails without a brain
But nuts and loons and titmice
Disturb the worn terrain
Nobody gives a damn about
A song sung by a saint
And plucky hens and misanthropes
Still spend their days drug-dazed

The adversary has little or no understanding of the eternal, scholarly, or spiritual aspects of the history of the world. The singer knows that "the wisdom of the ages" continues despite the provincial platitudes of the local and isolated. But she also sees that such provinciality can disturb the landscape and mental environment, even of popular culture. It must be common knowledge that saints hold little sway over popular culture. Even academic culture. Saints are quite passé. And societal drugs (caffeine, alcohol, prescription drugs) spread their mischief over a large percentage of the population—no doubt, one suspects over the adversary, here addressed by the singer.

Verse 4: The Civil Brain of Self-Sufficiency

O hurry sun and come to all
Who wither in the rain
And spray your rays to badger them
Who lack a civil brain
When morning looms
And the pepper turns to dawn
The turtle will sing on
But the sturgeon will be gone

The singer then calls on the sun to come to those who have been withering in the rain. She asks for the giant orb to spray its rays—not necessarily to heal them but to "badger them"—the singer knows that the adversary has bought into the postmodern, pharmaceutical blather that the sun is bad for you; it causes skin cancer, blah, blah, blah! Just a "civil brain" would be sufficient to understand that far from causing disease, the sun is a healing force for all earthly inhabitants. (Of course, one would need to avoid extreme sunburns, but otherwise, the vitamin D from the sun is universally a nutrient.) The singer then reprises her first line: "When morning looms" while also mentioning pepper, which was merely "hot" in the opening, but now is turning "to dawn." Pepper is an enlivening spice; pepper brings food to life, gives it an enchanting flavor. For this singer, pepper is important, and heralds the original notion of the conflict between "turtle" and "sturgeon." The singer intuits that her own stance because it brings one to God-realization will be the stance that continues on, while the swimming, gilled stance of materiality will end.

© 2015 Linda Sue Grimes

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  • Maya Shedd Temple profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Sue Grimes 

    3 years ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you so much, Surabhi! Glad you liked my song. I'm always especially thrilled to find out I have a fan who likes my music. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    Surabhi Kaura 

    3 years ago

    Ah - I love it. All of the four verses are brilliant! Such a pleasure to know you. You have got a fan now. God bless :)

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