The Past is Never Dead

from A Scientific Search by Erik Ritland

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Inspired by: quarantine loneliness, William Faulkner, Ludwig Wittgenstein, the Cathedral of St. Paul

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Take a walk
Hear the melody
I miss the days I used to see my family
There’s a God-shaped hole that nothing seems to fill
The more I take the medicine the more that I get ill

The past is never dead
It isn’t even past
Haunting us at every turn

Don’t slow down
Don’t oversleep
We’re wasting time and that stuff ain’t cheap
The old playground where we all used to go
Is still alive today with all the ghosts of long ago

The past is never dead
It isn’t even past
Haunting us at every turn

Don’t think
Look instead
Life is bigger than the books you haven’t read
The old churchyard that we pass along the way
Its grass gets greener the more we turn away

The past is never dead
It isn’t even past
Haunting us at every turn

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from A Scientific Search, released August 16, 2020

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Erik Ritland Saint Paul

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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