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Love and blessings
Simple kindness
Fell like rain on thirsty land
Fields and gardens
Long abandoned
Came to life in dust and sand

Lover's lips sweet as honey
Touched as if old love was new
Banker's pockets overflowing with gold and money
Prophesies of wealth come true

Bop-bop-a-whoa
Ain't no song like an old song, Charlie
Bop-bop-a-whoa
There ain't no song like an old song,
Bop-bop-a-whoa
There ain't no time like a good time Charlie
Bop-bop-a-whoa
Ain't no times like the good times, Charlie
Bop-bop-a-whoa
Whoa

Bop-bop-a-whoa
Bop-bop-a-whoa

Everywhere you look anywhere you go
Everybody working for the
Bop-bop-a-whoa
Bop-bop-a-whoa
Bop-bop-a-whoa
Can't get enough of the
Bop-bop-a-whoa
Bop-bop-a-whoa
Bop-bop-a-whoa

If the summer kept a secret
It was heaven's lack of rain
Golden days and amber sunsets
Let the scientists complain
Came the autumn, drained of color
Ghosts in the water beg for more
Maple trees just a little bit duller
Than the memory of the year before

In a word, or in an image
Something called me from my sleep
Love and blessings
Simple kindness
Ours to hold but not to keep



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  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm
    "love and blessings" are the most important things in life. --and always very needed every where in every sphere of life. "bop-bop-a-whoa" of course is money we all get caught up working for on a tread mill. Never enough... "heaven's lack of rain" "scientists complain" could be global warming mentioned by kmeyer1661... Sounds about right as a result of residue from money making schemes. "something called me from my sleep" is our eyes opening once again to the realities of what is really important in life which is "love and blessings"
    "ours to hold but not to keep" means we can enjoy "love and blessings" yet we need to share them as we give them away. The most important things in life are free! --and beautiful!
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    kmeyer1661May 26, 2011 at 11:53 pm
    I think the "scientists be complaining," is the discussion of global warming.
    It's poetry, not super literal . . . Anyway, the maple trees be just a bit duller than the year before," I think he's referring to the color not being as vivid. Due to the lack of water. Dry season, brings dryer duller color in the trees. Being, "called from his sleep," is waking from a nightmare. I think the song is just about being kind to one another, and the "simple kindness," goes along way in this human chaos.
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    BackPagesMay 10, 2011 at 8:47 am
    Why would the 'scientists be complaining' about the 'golden days and amber sunsets'? Why would the 'maple trees be just a little bit duller than the year before'?

    Could be that he's just getting older?
    But 'heavens lack of rain' seems to be taking it a bit far.

    And then what 'image would call him from his sleep'?
    I can only think of one - planetary apocalypse.
    That would fit the ending - (the planet) 'ours to hold but not keep'.
    And not to much of a stretch to see our planet & its life as a blessing
    or even simple kindness from some benevolent god.

    The verses are certainly seasons - spring, summer, autumn (winter).
    But I have trouble fitting the middle - humanity's chaos?

    Anyone else have any ideas?

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