Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Thursday, May 29, 2003

 

Paperwork

There must have been some form that I didn't fill out. The EDD's automated system says my last check was mailed may 15, and deposited the 20th. I don't like the phrasing "Last check". I threw out a lot of stuff this week and I don't recall seeing any form for continuation. I must call them tomorrow. And find the file that has the other stuff that I've had to mail.

Last week I was feeling pretty low, lower than I do now. I did manage to write a song about it, with my best Pink Floyd/Leonard Cohen impersonation. The first two chords are straight from "The great gig in the sky". I didn't know that when I was writing it, I just knew it felt Floydish. It still needs some chords for the bridge, but I'd rather work on some happy songs. Effect and cause. Cause and effect. You know.

Swimming through Sand

Copyright 2003 Michael Taht

(verse)
Em A7 (no E)
Slap your feet down - on the floor
Em A7 (no E)
The coffee machine is right by the door
C D G D Em
There's some email! - oh, it's spam
Gsus Gm6/E Gm6/C D
Lately you've been swimming through sand

Open the fridge, drink a coke
Everything you're doing seems like a joke
Sit by the bed and take another pill
All you need is a triumph of the will

(bridge)
You remember, last December
Before the winter had come
you overloaded - it all exploded
and spring hasn't begun
oh, man
seems like you're swimming through sand.

(verse)
The checkbook's empty, the credit cards... maxed
There's nothing left to pay the tax
This wasn't in your plan
Funny how it all turned to sand

Afraid to close your eyes, afraid to sleep
Squint in the mirror, see your crows feet
All the things you did just to get ahead
to join the drugged out, and the dead

(repeat bridge)
(verse)

You won't be getting out today
there's nothing but cleaning up, and bills to pay
How did it all get out of hand?

(coda)
Lately you've been swimming through sand...
Lately you've been swimming through sand...
Lately you've been swimming through sand.

 
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