Lyrics are literature, people. Get over it. Congratulations Bob.
It tears my heart to see
River Spring ending,
Leaning on staff before
a fragrant island:
Willow catkins are mad
to follow those breezes,
Silly the peach’s blooms
to sail such waters!
Tu Fu (from the series of short poems called “Nine Short Songs: Wandering Breezes,” translated by Arthur Cooper, from the book “Li Po and Tu Fu,” Penguin Books, 1973.)
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
“A Poet now or never!”
John Keats [from the poem, “A Prophecy: To George Keats in America”]
* Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Liam Corcoran and Two Hours Traffic playing The Sunset Tavern, Seattle, Washington, 11 April 2013.]