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That Old Refrain


This morning as I drove to work this song played thru my head, and has continued to replay most of the day.  It used to be my anthem years ago.  It's been one of those kind of days.  As I've gotten older, I sometimes let my guard down.  You'd think I would know better by now.

I AM A ROCK  (by Paul Simon)
A winter's day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don't talk of love,
But I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

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This post will be linked up at Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt this week is "earworm"
(An earworm is a song or melody that keeps repeating in one's mind)

24 comments:

  1. I love this song, although it's kind of depressing... I hope whatever you're feeling down about gets better soon!

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    1. I love this song too Camille, an oldie, but a good one!

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  2. I have never heard that song. I'll have to look it up and give it a proper listen. I'm curious about the tempo and music that accompany such lonely lyrics.

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    1. Now you're making me feel my age, Monkey! :-) This is a Simon and Garfunkel classic, check it out and enjoy!

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  3. I love your song! but seriously.... Ranting Monkey.... you've never heard it? oh my. sigh.

    I am getting older :)

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    1. That was my reaction too, Louise! I feel a hundred years old now! ;-)

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    2. Josie, remember my musical history. As much as I love all music, it's simply impossible for me to have listened to everything. It's not that you've gotten so old, it's that I haven't gotten around to it yet.

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    3. Thanks, Monkey, that made me feel a bit better! :-) True, you have so many songs catalogued in your brain, and I never considered that the music of my generation might not be "uploaded" yet... get after it! :-)

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  4. What a GREAT song to have running through your head! I love Simon and Garfunkel . . . and that is one song I will welcome to claim residency in my brain today.

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    1. I love Simon and Garfunkel too Judy, they were the music of my generation, which tells you how old I am. Now we need to educate the Monkey! :-)

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  5. I do believe you have cheated a little here Josie. This is not a tune or lyrics you want to forget. One I have always loved...it is inspirational!

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    1. Ahh,an earworm does not have to be annoying or unwelcome, it can also be a tune that replays when summoned up by incidents or memories of the past, just as in the beautiful poem you wrote. This one is engraved in my heart and head Old Egg, in so many ways it is my song and my story.

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    2. Very true, Josie. I hear people refer to it as something annoying but it usually is rather welcoming or neutral most of the time.

      Great song, by the way! =D

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    3. I agree Alex, sometimes we replay tunes that give us comfort, encouragement or just make us smile, as with some of the rhymes from childhood. It is funny how some really strange things will stick word for word over many years. This turned out to be a really fun prompt for everyone... thanks for suggesting it!

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  6. OMG.. I haven't heard that song in forever and I STILL remember all the words... I think it is a great song to represent our lives...

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    1. I'm grinning now, you can sure tell who among us has lived a few more years, can't you! Looks like this was a favorite for lots of folks. Such a beautiful melody, and the words... perfect, of course. THe message came thru loud and clear, and still does!

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  7. Oh my I must jump on this wagon and educate the young ones to the true beauty of music and lyrics so poetical (is that a word?) the minute I started reading this the tune was there and now I shall enjoy this lil earworm the rest of my day!!! Thank you for the beautiful memory!

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    1. It is one of their best, I think, Len! I can't read the lyrics without the tune playing in my head. Enjoy it right along with the rest of us "oldies" today! :-)

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  8. I always thought I WAS an island. Older age is disagreeing. I still want to be one though, does that count? You can't hurt an island, an island can't feel --- no one can get near, after all I am an island. Yep --- still working on being just that, Jos. Hugs, friend. :)

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    1. I would love for you to be a beautiful tropical island free of pain, Jamie! Of course there would have to be a place for the grandkids to come and play! :-) It is SO NICE to see you stopping by, brings back fond memories of "the old days" and those wild rounds of "One Question Wednesday" :-)Take care and keep blogging! HUGS

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  9. One of my favorite songs! My dad used to play that song in the car and my brother and sisters used to sing the lyrics. "I am a rock... I am an island..." Oh great, now your giving me an earworm. : )

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    1. Way cool, Joseph knows the song! :-)) My daughter who is in her late 30's also enjoys a lot of the music she heard in our house and car when she was small! This made me smile, that you knew and liked it!

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  10. Paul Simon is probably one of the greatest songwriters that ever lived and his lyrics read like poetry. One of my faves, too. Ooops...now I think it's stuck in my head!

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    1. I agree Selma, his songs all had something important to say, and written so beautifully that the lyrics stand alone, even without the music. But the tunes are hauntingly beautiful as well, and so many years later they often still play in my head!

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