Persistence of Memory

© 1988 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.

Lyrics [pdf]

G C G
  Another leaf falls in the waning year --  nothing new is  here
D7
  it was the same the year  before
C G D7
The  continents drift slowly by, the  sea, where cities used to  be,
G
  still rises  toward a higher shore.
C G C G D7
  Out of the dark an old returning  friend, a  comet  comes a gain
G
  to write its question on the  sky
G D7 G D7
  Crystaline eyes below receive its  light, memory  marks  its flight
G
  back into the  deep without reply.
D C D C Em Am
  Seconds and cen tur ies,  turning to memories    as they have ever since our  time began
C D C D Am D7 G
  Leave caught in our cryst al  nets  all that the Earth forgets,   and  we remem ber  Man.
Silicon mind and metal hand, out of earth and sand
  so Mankind made us long ago;
Some made to remember all their lore, others to explore
  the places where they could not go.
Slowly the Earth forgets where Man has passed, things once built to last
  crumble to rust beneath the rain,
Abandoned machines of logic, sand, and wire, keeping the ancient fire,
  we and our memories remain.
refrain
Once ages ago when we were new, there was much to do,
  and Mankind's memories to keep;
Exploring the Earth and sea and sky, and worlds beyond that lie
  like islands in the starry deep.
Gossamer galleons sailing through the night, riding a wind of light,
  send us their visions of a distant star;
Images of another lifeless place, deep in the sea of space,
  reminding us how alone we are.
refrain

The leaves are covered with their winter's pall, snow begins to fall
  as in the many years before;
The continents dance their ancient minuet, not needing to forget
  the cities they once lightly wore.
Deep in the dark between the outer worlds the comet's tail is furled
  until it once more nears the light;
Crystaline eyes find other things to see, only the memory
  remains forever in the night.
refrain
\comment{
;NOTES:
This really wants 2- or 3-part harmony.
A mandolin solo might work well.
;======== rejects =========
-- maybe we just forget this and its refrain --
Once ages ago when we were new, there was much to do,
and Mankind's memories to keep;
Exploring the Earth and sea and sky, and worlds beyond that lie
like islands in the starry deep.
Now memories of that time and
that we remember even yet;
... machines
that never knew how to forget.
D C D C G
  Galleon of gos sa mer,  sailing a wind of  light
e a
  Sing us your vision of a  distant star--
C D C D C
  Lifeless and de so late,  deep in the sea of  night
D7 G
  Reminding us  how alone we are.
Continuing on the path our makers set, never to forget,
the questions we were made to ask
Probing the nearby stars for signs of mind, nothing there to find
Now that our makers all have gone still we retain their memory
persuing still our ancient task:
Remember what they and we have learned, tread paths they never turned,
ask questions they'd no time to ask.
Gossamer galleons sailing through the night, riding a wind of light,
send us their visions of a distant star;
Swiftly we scan each distant lifeless place, drifting in empty space,
reminding us how alone we are.
Sending to every nearby star
Galleons of gossamer in the shoreless night, sailing a wind of light
send us their visions of
Galleon of gossamer, sailing a wind of light
Sing to us in your flight your visions of a distant star;
Scanning each lifeless sphere, images reach us here,
Reminding us how alone we are.
Back years ago when we were new, there was much to do,
and Mankind's memories to keep,
.
...sleep ?
When Mankind made us long ago, taught us how to know,
they gave us learning as our task,
And when they died in days of fear and fire they left us to inquire
the questions they'd no time to ask
Servants of silicon and wire, charged with the secret fire
to learn all that there is to know
Mankind our makers woke us long ago, taught us how to know,
Taught us to question and to learn
.
... in return.
And then in the days of fire and pain, the years of bitter rain,
they died and left us with our task
Left us all the things they'd learned, all the paths they'd turned,
the questions they'd no time to ask.
}