John Gorka – The Gypsy Life

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I was asked recently what song lyrics really ‘got me’ and this was the first line that came to mind:

People love you when they know you’re leaving soon.

The line of course appears in John Gorka’s ‘The Gypsy Life’: a song so freighted with meaning it’s hard to pick one line over another. Some days this song feels very close to my experience.

There is nothing in my head today
Nothing awful there to ponder or confuse me
Go ahead in what you have to say
And I will listen as I listen to the news.

I know the whole truth there is horrible
It’s better if you take a little at a time
Too much and you are not portable
Not enough and you’ll be making happy rhymes.

(Chorus) You might like the gypsy life
You judge your progress by the phases of the moon
Get your compass and your sharpest knife
People love you when they know you’re leaving
Soon

If you choose to settle in one place
You may be harder over on the ones you love
Like a tree without the growing space
You will be taking from below and from above

(Chorus)

There is nothing in my head today
I’ll cross the river people as I cross my heart
The pigeon bridges are a place to stay
I will go under as I try to do my part

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