Life As Verb

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about

A song about getting into the flow of life, and realizing that everything is process, not thing. Inspired by my standing around like a sucker at a social event, listening to someone tell me all about their life like I was some kind of psychotherapist or something, rather than a guy on a night out, and getting fed up with that. Also inspired (especially in the bridge) by my teachers Hyemeyohsts and Swan Storm.

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I love the way you worship, singing, jumping up and down,
the congregation off its feet and dancing all around.
The care of nervous hopes falls off and are trampled underfoot,
the joys that stream off all our faces cuts through the city's soot.

Twirling 'round a circle with folks of many faiths,
laughing swinging arms against that shackles we create
when we believe we must be serious and sober in our praise -
who made those silly rules up anyway?

Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.
Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.

You tried to shuffle by, but you caught my radiant face,
offering thanks to witnessing your talent and your grace.
And later on you talked about the spirals of your life,
where trouble followed trouble, and eventually I grew tired.

And I must have a sign above me like Lucille van Pelt
when I stand by and listen like I'm only there to help!
But it's late at night and my work today is surely at an end, and I
require reciprocity from my friends.

Because now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.
Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.
Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.
Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.

I praise the sun a-dawning, and the blanket of the night!
Praise illumination and the storms I feel inside!
I praise the baby crowning and all the sacrifice
of those who stretch in service of Sweet Mother Life.

Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.
Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.
Now I know that life's a verb, not a noun as I'd been told.

So I hope your singing keeps on gladdening the hearts
of all those congregations privileged to have you play your part.
But I am not your supplicant, no more will I bow down to you,
and reduce my living beauty to the deadness of a noun.

credits

from settle, released June 6, 2014
Chords and lyrics written by Conrad Sichler. Performed by Conrad Sichler (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Dan Lockwood (drums), Bob Doidge (bass guitar), Frank Koren (electric guitars), and Amy King (piano, back-up vocals).

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