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  1. 10 WINDFALL

From the recording TIMESCAPE

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10 WINDFALL (5:20)
Introducing once again the beautiful cello work of Cape Town's Lara Block, Windfall is a song about loss, and of making the most of the few years we have on this planet. It is written from the perspective of an entirely non-religious person doing his bit at a relative's funeral by reading a Psalm. Afterwards, the words remain with him through the secularity of his own life, and he realises that the "three score years and ten" (70) or "if we are fortunate four score years" (80) that we are given should not be wasted on misery or work that you hate. There is no rehearsal. We will all be in a wooden box soon enough, so it is vital to make use of the time you have. A nice cheery note to end the album.

Lyrics

If a day is a thousand years, then how long is life?
In seconds our time is done
As we cut blades of grass, our time is cut down
We wither, then we are gone

If seventy or eighty’s our windfall
Why do we strain? Why do we strain?
If seventy or eighty is our prize, we
Should use it wisely

I read these words for you in November just passed
Then in minutes you were gone
We all dispersed in black, returning to our grind
To await another one

And now I must rebuild
As a you-shaped hole burns through my life
Never to be filled

If seventy or eighty’s our windfall
Why do we strain? Why do we strain?
If seventy or eighty is our prize, we
Should use it wisely