“Breathe” + Other Lyric-Koans from the Maple Show

LyricKoan 10 Summer

The Baker’s Beat “Lyric-Koan” feature highlights a lyric from the previous night’s show and encourages readers to ponder it’s meaning during the day as a meditative exercise, using the Japanese calligraphy visual if desired.


“Always give me what I lack. Always take the best parts back.
Always recognize your fate. Always just a moment late.

Left is where I always turn. Left is how I’m forced to learn.
Left the route my walking takes. Left alone with my mistakes.

Up against a person who up ’til now I never knew
Up from hell the answer blew. Up and down it’s up to you.”

(From “Limb by Limb”, lyrics by Tom Marshall circa 1997)



(From “Leaves”, lyrics by Tom Marshall circa 2017)


 “You’re too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clock waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe, but you don’t eat when you’ve lived too long.

Oh no, you’re a rock n’ roll suicide.”

(from “Rock n Roll Suicide”, lyrics by David Bowie circa 1972)