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Maybe It’s Time (to Let The Old Ways Die)

“Maybe It’s Time” is a song written by Jason Isbell. It was featured in the movie, A Star is Born (I recently saw the 2018 version staring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga). I’m drawn to the lyrics of this song, because I suppose, I’m learning like so many of us, to not resist some things dying, but rather, to welcome it. That’s code for welcoming new life, I suppose. Or being with life itself — that’s even closer to the mark for me. In my guitar hobby world, I’m also learning to strum the chords to this song. I both love and need the medium that is artistic expression for things such as letting the old ways die. Garsh!

Let’s be clear, there is plenty for us to hold on to from the old ways, that we should remember in our contemporary living. I often feel that I / we are remembering old ways to honor roots and to interrupt a contemporary pattern of transact and dispose. Oh, that any of us should experience a wisdom to know what to let go of, and to know what to cultivate further.

Enjoy the lyrics.  And the simple strum if you know it. And the wondering into the inner world that can so gives access and clarity to an outer world of letting go and letting come, with life itself.

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Maybe It’s Time

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.
It takes a lot to change a man,
Hell, it takes a lot to try.
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.

Nobody knows what waits for the dead.
Nobody knows what waits for the dead.
Some folks just believe in the things
They’ve heard and things they read
Nobody knows what waits for the dead.

I’m glad I can’t go back to where I came from [Tenneson here, I think, though I’m often drawn to going back].
I’m glad those days are gone, gone for good. [Kind of…]
But if I could take spirits from my past
And bring them here you know I would
Know I would.

Nobody speaks to God these days.
Nobody speaks to God these days.
I’d like to think he’s lookin’ down
And laughing at our ways.
Nobody speaks to God these days.

When I was a child they tried to fool me.
Said the worldly man was lost and that a hell was real.
But I’ve seen hell in Reno
And the worlds one big old Catherine wheel.
Spinning steel.

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.
It takes a lot to change your plans,
And a train to change your mind.
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.

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