Guide

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This song (and some fortune cookies) are about this: Our experiences, both good and bad, make us who we are.

Also, the "weird disease" I mention is ulcerative colitis. www.ccfa.org

lyrics

I have been searching for something I can hold onto
I had a dream that I'd thought I'd keep but off it flew
In the abyss where the things that you miss are right out of view
The sound of the train and the look on your face when I turned to you
When I turned to you

To myself at age 19
You have got a weird disease
One day you will feel much better
But this self you won't forget her

Don't you go away too soon
Be my guide
Don't you be a waning moon
In my sky
Be my guide, be my guide

I have been making a sturdy framework in my head
Built from the bindings of books I keep but have not read
Add to my list with the flick of a wrist and I lie in bed
Words I don't say in the light of the day turn to dreams instead
And I swallow them
And I swallow them

To myself at age 15
One day you, too will smoke weed
Don't you worry 'bout your brother
Be more honest with your mother

Don't you go away too soon
Be my guide
Don't you be a waning moon
In my sky
Be my guide, be my guide

I have a space where I place these versions of myself
Stored at the core of my heart upon a makeshift shelf
Talk to my brain where the past still remains and I'm overwhelmed
But where would I be with just one form of me standing at the helm?
And the course is held
And the course is held

To myself at 9 years old
Keep your imagination bold
You'll be awkward but don't mind it
You have a voice and you will find it

Don't you go away too soon
Be my guide
Don't you be a waning moon
In my sky
Be my guide, be my guide

credits

from Question Mark, released February 5, 2016
music, lyrics, performance by Julia Mark
recording, mixing, mastering by Geoff Ong

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Julia Mark Boston, Massachusetts

Julia Mark grew up in semi-rural New Jersey listening to bebop greats and folk music legends. After several years of classical piano lessons, she began writing her own music as a student of the late jazz pianist, Eric Doney. Julia Mark's music is optimistically dissonant and lyric-driven.

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