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Song: “Every Season Pays a Price”

“Every Season Pays a Price”

Behind the Song

This song started life about a different subject — all I kept was the first stanza in the first verse.

The original song was written in the first person and a little more autobiographical. It was about feeling let down by failure and consequently failing to get going again. But I felt I’ve covered this ground already; I wanted to try something different.

So I set out to write about the life of a man, from boyhood to old age, as he faces the demands of different seasons. Each one with its own opportunities and burdens. Just like each season of the earth.

Lyrics

He was roaring like a rocket
giddy, heaven-bound
when the first frost of failure
sent him crashing to the ground.

Now he paces in the courtyard
staring at the sky
watching all the young birds
fly by.

Spring blooms into summer heat
summer fades to ice
winter melts and the rivers flood
every season pays a price.

He shouldered many burdens
worked his fingers raw
he labored in the winter
to be ready for the thaw.

Now he reaps his harvest
brews beer from the grain
but he leaves the feasting early
to wander in the rain.

Spring blooms into summer heat
summer fades to ice
winter melts and the rivers flood
every season pays a price.

He was such a bright boy
but he dimmed along the way
but now he finds as the night falls
that's when stars come out to play

His hair turned white as cotton
he lost his iron grip
so he traded in his plow-horse
for passage on a ship.

Now he learns to read the water
how to smell a storm
he takes his meals in the open
a little sunburn keeps him warm.

Spring blooms into summer heat
summer fades to ice
winter melts and the rivers flood
every season pays a price.

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