I Post This Song Every Year Jukebox And Open Thread

I’m thankful for my magnificent good fortune that covers stuff that I talk about all the time, stuff I know better than to talk about all the time, and, of course, this magnificent community that we’ve somehow stumbled into forging together. Happy Thanksgiving, one and all.

(For the record, the verse where he’s singing about all of the people in the band is easily imagined into a verse that takes its turn to sing about each of us.)

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2 thoughts on “I Post This Song Every Year Jukebox And Open Thread

  1. I’ve always identified this song with Thanksgiving.

    Thanks

    by W. S. Merwin

    Listen
    with the night falling we are saying thank you
    we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
    we are running out of the glass rooms
    with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
    and say thank you
    we are standing by the water thanking it
    smiling by the windows looking out
    in our directions

    back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
    after funerals we are saying thank you
    after the news of the dead
    whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

    over telephones we are saying thank you
    in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
    remembering wars and the police at the door
    and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
    in the banks we are saying thank you
    in the faces of the officials and the rich
    and of all who will never change
    we go on saying thank you thank you

    with the animals dying around us
    our lost feelings we are saying thank you
    with the forests falling faster than the minutes
    of our lives we are saying thank you
    with the words going out like cells of a brain
    with the cities growing over us
    we are saying thank you faster and faster
    with nobody listening we are saying thank you
    we are saying thank you and waving
    dark though it is

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