Song Lyric Sunday: Minutes/Hours/Days – ‘As I Feel I Die’

This week, I’m pretty confident that I won’t be duplicating anybody else’s contribution to the Song Lyric Sunday challenge hosted by Jim at newepicauthor.

The theme is, broadly speaking, units of time – minutes, hours etc. and this choice is one of those where the reference is in the lyrics rather than the title. Nonetheless, it came to me straight away.

Caravan were an integral part of the music scene in Canterbury in the early seventies, when I was a student at the University of Kent. There was such a thing as the ‘Canterbury sound’, of which the best-known proponents were Soft Machine. You can certainly hear similarities with Soft Machine in this song and the album from which it comes, the splendidly enttled ‘If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You’

This is definitely a song of two halves and I’ve always liked the trippy first part. It has to be said, though, that not all the lyrics are subjectable to rational analysis

With a song on my mind I’m thinking of you
Through the dreams of a million eyes I’ll stand still with you
And wait till I find the world that you’re searching for
A cloud-coloured blind has entered my eyes
And everything’s going a slight shade of purple
But me, I don’t mind
Today is my day
I’m living the life that I choose
I’ve found a way…
I can see a noser
Sit there all alone
And dream I’m sitting here
While magic fires the moon
I turn around my mind
And bid farewell to fear
Swimming through a wish
That I know I’m in a dream
I’m changing the music by ear
I’ll have to leave behind
To re-ensure them in
And wanting oh so clear
Deep inside of time
I catch my breath to find
I’ve got so far to go
Howlin’ through the trees
A cry which is my ears
I turn around and go
Following the dream
Is not the easiest thing
Out of the shadows I see
And blackened till the moon
A magic creature moves
And says belongs to me
Songwriters: David Sinclair / Richard Sinclair / Richard Coughlan / Pye Hastings
As I Feel I Die lyrics © Aristocrat Music Ltd.


Song Lyric Sunday 24 March 2019

5 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Minutes/Hours/Days – ‘As I Feel I Die’

  1. Ahhh, what a great early 70s rock song! I really like how it starts off slow and then packs a punch with the guitar and drum combination at the chorus.

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