Song

The Desert Dune

The Desert Dune

Dreaming of a Friend, Her Dog, & Rockets

Waking up, thinking of you
Sitting by the desert dune
Watching rockets soaring past
Seeing futures, coming fast

Between God and whatever
All the days are forever
All things come together
In a life that won’t sever

Shaking head, laughing at you
Driving away from the blue
Watching the past spider-crack
From the heart you’re throwing back

To dream the dog forever
Faithful stays — perfect tether
Standing so strong together
In a love that won’t sever

Waking up, thinking of you
Sitting by the desert dune
Watching rockets soaring past
Seeing futures, coming fast.

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Written 2021

After heart failure in 2018, a few years passed in a belief of having only a short amount of time to live. During this time, I began writing letters to people as final thoughts, which became an eye-opening, sad experience to learn many people didn’t give a shit, not all but many. Still, others did care, but I will never give anyone letters like that again. This song came about as one of those letters to a friend who got married around the same time. I wanted to say something meaningful about her, and while struggling with words, I saw she posted some pictures of her husband and dogs on the beach. She seemed very happy, which contrasted her relationship struggles before marriage. That night I dreamt of sitting on a beach, watching her with her husband and dogs playing as rockets flew across the sky. The scene shifted, seeing her driving away with the rear window shattering as she took no notice. Rhythm is difficult for me to capture, but this is a song describing that dream. The first line of the fourth stanza contains the word dog, which is just God backward. No doubt the anagram says something about her Christian faith, which I hate but accept.

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