When the Night Came On, It Was Very Calm


Green leaves of summer turn red in the fall
To brown and to yellow they fade.
And then they have to die, trapped within
the circle time parade of changes.

Rui & Daddy's feet

The world’s spinning madly, it drifts in the dark
It swings through a hollow of haze,
A race around the stars, a journey through
The universe ablaze with changes.

Grampa & Rui

Moments of magic will glow in the night
All fears of the forest are gone
But when the morning breaks,
they’re swept away by golden drops of dawn of changes. (1)

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Leonard Cohen
Night Comes On

I went down to the place
Where I knew she lay waiting
Under the marble and the snow
I said, Mother I’m frightened
Of the thunder and the lightning
I’ll never come through this alone
She said, I’ll be with you
My shawl wrapped around you
My hand on your head when you go
And the night came on
It was very calm
I wanted the night to go on and on
But she said, Go back
Go back to the World

We were fighting in Egypt
When they signed this agreement
That nobody else had to die
There was this terrible sound
And my father went down
With a terrible wound in his side
He said, Try to go on
Take my books, take my gun
Remember, my son, how they lied
And the night comes on
It’s very calm
I’d like to pretend that my father was wrong
But you don’t want to lie, not to the young

We were locked in this kitchen
I took to religion
And I wondered how long she would stay
I needed so much
To have nothing to touch
I’ve always been greedy that way
But my son and my daughter
Climbed out of the water
Crying, “Papa, you promised to play!”
And they lead me away
To the great surprise
It’s “Papa, don’t peek! Papa, cover your eyes!”
And they hide, they hide in the World

Now I look for her always
I’m lost in this calling
I’m tied to the threads of some prayer
Saying, When will she summon me?
When will she come to me?
What must I do to prepare?
When she bends to my longing
Like a willow, like a fountain
She stands in the luminous air
And the night comes on
And it’s very calm
I lie in her arms,
She says, When I’m gone
I’ll be yours, yours for a song

Now the crickets are singing
The vesper bell’s ringing
The cat’s curled asleep in his chair
I’ll go down to Bill’s Bar
I can make it that far
And I’ll see if my friends are still there
Yes, and here’s to the few
Who forgive what you do
And the fewer who don t even care
And the night comes on
It’s very calm
I want to cross over, I want to go home
But she says, go back,
Go back to the World

Notes

(1) Phil Ochs –  Changes.   Phil Ochs in Concert, Elektra Records, 1966.

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About Brian Prager

I am the father of a beloved son who has been retained in Japan by his Japanese mother against my will. My boy has been kept out of contact with me since June, 2010. I am struggling to save him and get justice for us.
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3 Responses to When the Night Came On, It Was Very Calm

  1. Gretchen says:

    The world is reading. The world is watching. The world is seeing. The world is feeling.
    Brian, we are all here with you, waiting for Rui’s quick and safe return to his father who adores him.
    g.

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  2. Jeff Ragsdale says:

    Really nice to hear Leonard, Phil and Jennifer too. So poignant.

    Liked by 1 person

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