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Tempus Fugit, Mors Venit

Back in the Fall of 2012 the professor for the songwriting and composition class I was taking at the local community college assigned the class the challenge of writing a set of lyrics that involved time. I usually don’t have too much difficulty deciding on a theme but with this particular task I was lost. That is, until the morning of September 27th when I noticed two things in particular in the Sun newspaper: Randy Bachman was turning 69, and Andy Williams died. There were other birthdays and passings but these two were of particular significance to me. For someone of my generation the “Guess Who” was a significant musical influence and growing up with the Andy Williams’ Show (remember the Osmond Brothers?) was a real treat. Well, those two events were all the inspiration I needed to compose the following set of lyrics and turn them in that afternoon.

Thursday morning Sun was in my eyes
With some tears that didn’t fall
Andy Williams died, tempus fugit
And some years cry foully pall

Moon River wider than a lifetime
Where do I begin to tell you when
Your lover has gone with Autumn Leaves
And that old summer sound of music

Thursday morning Sun was in my eyes
With some fears that didn’t stall
Randy Bachman plied as mors venit
Sixty-nine, Oh, Happy Day

That woman gonna mess-up my mind
She ain’t a gonna share any land
New mother nature falling behind
She ain’t a hanging on to your life

Time is a thief, a prankster at best
He steals your innocence and says you’ve been blessed
He kills every dream you’ve ever confessed
And battles each quest until you’re finally at rest
Down in the ground where the worms squirm around

Thursday mourning Sun was in my eyes
Thursday mourning sun will soon be gone
Tempus fugit, mors venit
Time flees, Death advances