Beautiful Decay

from The Fix by Eric George

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lyrics

He sang his song like he was twenty five
For more than seventy years he’s been alive
I stood in the crowd and tears I cried
Next to a girl who was swinging
Her hips side to side
 
Beautiful decay
The body breaks down a little more each day
Oh life is like death’s beautiful bride
But the song lives on after the singer has died
 
Hank was on the radio
Apologizing for canceling the show
His back was out and the doctors said no
But he wished he could 
And he thought we should know
 
And the sound of his voice it broke my heart
Like his body and his soul were being torn apart
That snake oil habit had him shining bright
Like a falling star across a purple sky
 
Beautiful decay
The body breaks down a little more each day
Oh life is like death’s beautiful bride
But the song lives on after the singer has died
 
The world is born and the world decays
And I’m left wondering what to do and say
I can sing for the midwife counting toes
And on the casket of the world 
I can lay my rose
 
Beautiful decay
The body breaks down a little more each day
Oh life is like death’s beautiful bride
But the song lives on after the singer has died

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from The Fix, released December 21, 2019

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Eric George Burlington, Vermont

Eric George is a Vermont-based songwriter, sound engineer, and performer of original music and poetry. One of the most prolific folk musicians of the Northeast music scene, he is intent upon maintaining the integrity of American folk music while taking a contemporary approach to songwriting. ... more

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