Transition (The Graduation Song)

by Ian Reed

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A song written in the whirlwind surrounding graduation, dealing with all the choices about the future I was facing and the possible consequences of making them.

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Dreams are cruel when they call you to action
They lack all compassion, but suffer distractions

East or west, which will prove it is better?
Should I choose by weather, my face turns to leather

Times are closing and I am not choosing
Pick fast, or you're losing, pick wrong and you're bruising

Yes I fear leaving here for some other
I have to, dear mother, I have to dear brother

If I died tomorrow, collapsed lung
They'd say, Oh far too young, a new song left unsung

What a shame, oh what squandered potential
their tones reverential, a drone nonessential

I just want to know just what I'm wanting
My confidence flaunting shakes fears that are haunting

And with this pride I must be successful
No time to be restful, just time I must wrestle


released May 25, 2015



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