Always Catching Up

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Time's not a river; more like a landslide.
Arrows in quivers, breaking inside.
Every shiver, molting a new life,
needed and given, stride after stride,
you're always catching up.
You can't be helped to respond to what it already gone.
You're ahead of yourself, lapped by your ghost on the life track,
short rope in the well, unraveling more for more slack.
You're a flaming caboose, punctuating the past,
flagellate prop in the juice, bringing up a fast pack's back,
you're always catching up.
You can't be helped to respond to what it already gone.
But walking, according to physiologists,
is a controlled fall forwards,
and toddling to tottering, all of us
are always one step from and one step toward.
But life's just like that.
Languages grow at the rhythm of walking pace,
and every idea we inhabit is seconds behind your Original Face...
You're always catching up.
You can't be helped to respond to what it already gone.
You can't be helped to move on,
pushing the river that started this song.

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from Electric Cowboy Ballads EP, released May 11, 2018

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Michael Garfield Austin, Texas

Lush, atmospheric, and ecstatic tunes erupting from the intersection of acoustic and electronic music – pedal-heavy. percussive acoustic guitar psych-western Cosmic Americana. Marrying the singer-solo-guitarist and electronic live producer, Michael welcomes listeners into driving and dynamic, emotional and groovy spaces spanning folk tradition and the avant-garde. ... more

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