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Merry​-​go​-​Round of Life

by Flloyd with 2 Ells

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it's a lullaby, for a Stoical baby. Or for Stoical parents who want to pass it on. Or maybe it's just me, trying to make sense of this mad, mad, mad, mad existence.

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Merry-go-round of life –
a stoical lullaby

Welcome to the playground
I’m so glad you’re here
This world that you’ve arrived in
Might not be here next year
There’s lots to entertain you
For as long as it lasts
Take a turn at all the games before
They slip into the past.

The swings will take you from low to high,
Get you accustomed to earth and sky
On the climbing frame
You can just hang around
Right way up or upside down
The slip’rpy slide looks scary at first
But once you’ve come down it
You’ll know that the worst thing about it is
Doing it over and over and over again
While the seesaw is more of the same
Repetition is the name of the game.
Forwards and backwards and side to side
In and out just like the tide -
But if you’re more of the circular kind
And the merry-go-round is on your mind…

Don’t worry, don’t panic, don’t fret,
There’s no need to be upset -
This playground of life
Where you’ve come to stay
Is the merry-go-round of
Day after week after month after year -
And there’s nothing to fear
You just need to hear
The instructions that I’ll whisper in your
Cute little ear ….

(Are you ready? – Here we go 

Live in the moment
That’s all we’ve got
Enjoy what’s around you
The past will confound you
The future astound you, coz it’s
It’s either what you hoped for
Or it’s not.

What’s gone won’t be changed
Though it might be forgotten
You can’t exchange it,
Or even rearrange it
What’s to come is no less
Than a gift you can’t guess
It’s either what you hoped for
Or it’s not.

Make the most of what you’ve got
Stay in the here and now
You’re only meant to be here
Until your final bow

That tightrope that you’re walking
Is supporting you, not stalking you
Whether it’s fun or terrifying
If you believe you’re really flying…

Use your toes to get a grip
To remind you, if you slip
Not to hold on too tightly
Don’t be frightened to let go
Your future is already here -
It’s either what you hoped for
Or it’s not.

Make the most of what you’ve got
Stay in the here and now
You’re only meant to be here
Until your final bow

That tightrope that you’re walking
Is supporting you, not stalking you
Whether it’s fun or terrifying
If you believe you’re really flying---
Use your toes to get a grip
To remind you, if you slip
Not to hold on too tightly
Don’t be frightened to let go –
It’s the paradox of existence
There is no point in resistance
Coz… Your future is already here -
It’s either what you hoped for. Or it’s not.

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words and music - Flloyd (with 2 Ells) Kennedy

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Flloyd with 2 Ells Liverpool, UK

Singer-songwriter and performance poet, Aussie-born Flloyd lives in Liverpool UK, and teaches voice/accent/accent and public speaking skills online.

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