Once Upon A Time There Was An Ocean

ŠPaul Simon and Brian Eno, released on Surprise, 2006

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Once upon a time there was an ocean

But now it's a mountain range

Something unstoppable set into motion

Nothing is different, but everything's changed

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It's a dead end job, and you gets tired of sittin'

And it's like a nicotine habit you're always thinking about quittin'

I think about quittin' every day of the week

When I look out my window it's brown and it's bleak

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Outta here

How am I gonna get outta here?

I'm thinking outta here

When am I gonna get outta here?

And when will I cash in my lottery ticket

And bury my past with my burdens and strife?

I want to shake every limb in the garden of Eden

And make every lover the love of my life

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I figure that once upon a time I was an ocean

But now I'm a mountain range

Something unstoppable set into motion

Nothing is different, but everything's changed

.

Found a room in the heart of the city, down by the bridge

Hot plate and TV and beer in the fridge

But I'm easy, I'm open, that's my gift

I can flow with the traffic, I can drift with the drift

Home again?

Naw, never going home again

Think about home again?

I never think about home

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But then comes a letter from home

The handwriting's fragile and strange

Something unstoppable set into motion

Nothing is different, but everything's changed

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The light through the stained glass was cobalt and red

And the frayed cuffs and collars were mended by haloes of golden thread

The choir sang, "Once Upon A Time There Was An Ocean"

And all the old hymns and family names came fluttering down as leaves of emotion

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