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My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the everchanging view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold

Once amid the soft silver sadness in the sky
There came a man of fortune, a drifter passing by
He wore a torn and tattered cloth around his leathered hide
And a coat of many colors, yellow-green on either side

He moved with some uncertainty, as if he didn't know
Just what he was there for, or where he ought to go
Once he reached for something golden hanging from a tree
And his hand come down empty

Soon within my tapestry along the rutted road
He sat down on a river rock and turned into a toad
It seemed that he had fallen into someone's wicked spell
And I wept to see him suffer, though I didn't know him well

As I watched in sorrow, there suddenly appeared
A figure gray and ghostly beneath a flowing beard
In times of deepest darkness, I've seen him dressed in black
Now my tapestry's unraveling; he's come to take me back
He's come to take me back



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    UnregisteredApr 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    Ya know, in the early "olden" days of king (& i), "he" was the accepted norm of "he or she", "mankind" did not omit "womenfolk. " feminists of the day saw themselves equal, if not superior, to men, but wanted their distinctive "ms. " I would say, as a part of king's culture of the 70's, which included a romantic return to camelot, the man was just that, who women often expected to fulfill their dreams. Yet he could not shed his noncomformity, and perhaps his own disguised "fortunes," to commit and catch "something golden" with her. Her prince is a toad of a one-night stand. So the man of darkness (depression) comes back to claim her again.
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    UnregisteredMar 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    'ms king is so intelligent I assure you my simple meaning is worthless, but since you asked--this song is for me the story of my husband. He came from a wealthy family, we met fell in love and had a wonderful family. He had a good job, it was all there for him, but it was all a struggle for him battling his demons of addiction for about 40 years. One day he was murdered by homeless man who robbed him. My life is now totally unraveling and I will go on, but I sure hope there is more out there and I will see him again someday somewhere.
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    KholmbergApr 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm
    I think that the rutted road represents her life. Because rutted roads are unpredictable and have many ups and downs just like everyday life. I also think that when she says that she finds herself within the tapestry she is finding secrurity from reality and that is why she wraps herself in it while she walks down the rutted road (her life). I also think that when she uses He in the like He sat down on a river rock, she is referring to herself because she is confused about her itentity and her sexuality and is trying to find herslef.

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