Eternal Circle

I sang the song slowly

As she stood in the shadows

She stepped to the light

As my silver strings spun

She called with her eyes

To the tune I's a-playin'

But the song it was long

And I'd only begun

.

Through a bullet of light

Her face was reflectin'

The fast fading words

That rolled from my tongue

With a long-distance look

Her eyes was on fire

But the song it was long

And there was more to be sung.

.

My eyes danced a circle

Across her clear outline

With her head tilted sideways

She called me again

As the tune drifted out

She breathed hard through the echo

But the song it was long

And it was far to the end

.

I glanced at my guitar

And played it pretendin'

That of all the eyes out there

I could see none

As her thoughts pounded hard

Like the pierce of an arrow

But the song it was long

And it had to get done

.

As the tune finally folded

I laid down the guitar

Then looked for the girl

Who'd stayed for so long

But her shadow was missin'

For all of my searchin'

So I picked up my guitar

And began the next song

.

Copyright 1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

First release: The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3, 1991

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