Careful Not to Draw Your Maps in Pen and Ink

I first heard of the band The Cobalt Season from Sojourners blog. Their songs are earthy, raw and from the heart. I’ve got a couple of their albums since and, while they don’t follow the usual styles I like, the lyrics evoke a wide range of emotions and sentiments in me.

This particular song, while a warning, is also very much a snapshot of a period in my life (which will possibly be repeated from time to time in my journey):

You are gonna change your mind someday
So just let go of all your thoughts on tomorrow
You may find your bearings in disarray
Though you may lead and trip and fall and follow

And all that you thought black will be proved red
Full of life and complication and sorrow
And all that you thought white was in your head
For life is lived in the shadows that we borrow

And I’ll look far, but may see nothing
And I will thirst, but may not drink
And I will yell to those behind me
“Careful not to draw your maps in pen and ink”

The same road disappears up ahead
Will you ever understand this equation?
The compass in your hand is all but dead
Time to feel your way around this evasion

Read the words again, for you might see
Life where you saw death, a way to your salvation
Best to lay down what you thought was certainty
Freedom’s found in the in that calmed frustration

And I will strain to find a pattern
And hold my breath ’till I’m on the brink
And I will yell to those behind me
“Careful not to draw your maps in pen and ink”

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