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Jimmy Buffett – Pacing The Cage lyrics

By: bruce cockburn

Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it's pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like youve lived too long
Days drip slowly on the page
And you catch yourself
Pacing the cage

I've proven who I am so many times
The magnetic strips worn thin
And each time I was someone else
And everyone was taken in
Powers chatter in high places
Stir up eddies in the dust of rage
Set me to pacing the cage

I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
Its as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you'll wind up
Pacing the cage

Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can't see what's round the bend
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend
Today these eyes scan bleached-out land
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage

Pacing the cage

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    I think the words are a reflection on aging. We baby boomers (and our icons like Jimmy Buffett) are seeing that we're moving into the "later years," that, as a friend told me a while ago, all our long-term plans are becoming short-term plans. We have often accomplished a lot, but as often had bigger dreams or aspirations that were shelved and never come back to. "Powers chatter in high places, stir up eddies in the dust of rage" seems like a comment on the frustrations that the requirements of life have made us miss dreams. Hence, rage. Not as in anger with anyone, but a general anger at the requisites that have replaced the aspirations. "Sunset is an angel weeping, holding out a bloody sword." Sunset of years, a variant image of the reaper who waits for us. Make the time as good as we can!
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