Urge for Going

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  1. MoAnamCara

    MoAnamCara SF Artist

    I cannot imagine finding any better words to reflect this sentiment I feel... not looking forward to short days and long nights.

    My favorite version is by Mary Black - http://youtu.be/O_ckAUr72eE


    Urge For Going
    by Joni Mitchell


    I awoke today and found
    the frost perched on the town
    It hovered in a frozen sky
    then it gobbled summer down
    When the sun turns traitor cold
    and all the trees are shivering in a naked row

    I get the urge for going
    But I never seem to go
    I get the urge for going
    When the meadow grass is turning brown
    Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

    I had me a man in summertime
    He had summer-colored skin
    And not another girl in town
    My darling's heart could win
    But when the leaves fell on the ground
    Bully winds came around
    Pushed them face down in the snow

    He got the urge for going
    And I had to let him go
    He got the urge for going
    When the meadow grass was turning brown
    Summertime was falling down and winter was closing in

    Now the warriors of winter
    They gave a cold triumphant shout
    And all that stays is dying
    And all that lives is gettin' out
    See the geese in chevron flight
    Flapping and racing on before the snow

    They got the urge for going
    And they got the wings so they can go
    They get the urge for going
    When the meadow grass is turning brown
    Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

    I'll ply the fire with kindling now
    I'll pull the blankets up to my chin
    I'll lock the vagrant winter out and
    I'll bolt my wanderings in
    I'd like to call back summertime
    Have her stay for just another month or so

    But she's got the urge for going
    So I guess she'll have to go
    She gets the urge for going
    When the meadow grass is turning brown
    All her empire's falling down
    And winter's closing in.
    And I get the urge for going
    When the meadow grass is turning brown
    And summertime is falling down.
     
  2. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    I have heard this, and it is very sad...please also have the urge for staying...I care a lot about you
     
  3. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    Thank you for sharing this. I had not heard this version. It is beautiful. Remember that after the harshness of winter comes spring. That is the time of rejuvenation and new life. :hug:
     
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