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Inspired partly by a country song I heard four years ago, and moreso by what I see as I drive through the city I grew up in, this song reflects the horror of returning to someone or something you've missed for a long time just to find it's completely different. You could interpret this literally or figuratively, to refer to the actual memories of the city or memories from a relationship you had while living there.

As I moved into a new house outside of my birthplace this past summer, I see my hometown less and less these days. But every few months, I have a chance to go back, and I am shocked at the level of expansion that is going on. Parks are being redesigned, buildings and businesses shut down or relocated, condominiums being built everywhere, etc, etc. To tell you the truth, it all kind of scares me. I do not want to return in 20 years to find a city I do not know, one that has taken all my memories and good times with it. The cities of our childhoods are much like Polaraoid photographs. They last for a while, but eventually, because there are no negatives, it can never be duplicated or recreated once it's gone. Seeing everything you love disappear is a horrible experience, and I hope I never live to see the day when my hometown becomes unrecognizable.

Enjoy the poetry: Jayson M. Carter


Everything around meís changing
The sceneryís changed its hues
With my back turned itís twisted
And turned itself brand new

Thereís nothing left for me
Here thereís nothing left to see
Drained away the familiar things
Destroyed by the decay time brings


No retracing the past now
Never going to get it back now
No telling where Iíll end up now
They erased me when they rearranged this town


I donít recognize any of this
Like the past no longer exists
I never knew this could feel so much like a wrist
Bleeding memories away long after itís slit

Thereís nothing left for me
Here thereís nothing left to see
Drained away the familiar things
Destroyed by the decay time brings


No retracing the past now
Never going to get it back now
No telling where Iíll end up now
They erased me when they rearranged this town


Now Iím not sure where to go
Donít want to vanish, too
Not sure where I belong
Everything Iíve loved is gone

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"If the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem will eventually begin to resemble a nail."


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The following comments are for "Everything's Changed"
by Jayson Carter

everythings changed
i really like this...its a song

( Posted by: CoCo [Member] On: January 19, 2004 )





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