So It Goes

from A Scientific Search by Erik Ritland

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Inspired by: Kurt Vonnegut (duh), free will vs. determinism, the discarding of history, avoiding and trying to trick God, current interpersonal disharmony, the Garden of Eden, the founding of America, the possible upcoming unraveling, pitchfork nation, the silencing of well-meaning people, the apocalypse

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In another world it was never quite like this
All our dreams and fantasies crossed off of the list
If we don’t have a choice
Why do you still raise your voice?
How you’re living doesn’t quite add up

So it goes
On and on
Lessons learned have been withdrawn
Trying hard to play it cool
Finding God is hard to fool
So it goes

At this place we are it’s all us vs. them
Then again that’s basically where we’ve always been
Sometime in the distant past
We got somewhere but it didn’t last
And now I’m wondering how much time we have

So it goes
On and on
Lessons learned have been withdrawn
Trying hard to play it cool
Finding God is hard to fool
So it goes

Those who got it figured out don’t say a word
Those who don’t are the most assured

I’ve seen visions of a modern world decayed
Earth in all its glory will soon be washed away
Empty skies point to it best
So take it now and leave the rest
I’ll be behind you in a haze of smoke and mirrors

So it goes
On and on
Lessons learned have been withdrawn
Trying hard to play it cool
Finding God is hard to fool
So it goes

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from A Scientific Search, released August 16, 2020

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One of the last great American songwriters in the tradition of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, William James, G.K. Chesterton, and Jeff Tweedy.

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