Footprints

from by Caleb Hines

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This song was written for SpinTunes 4, Round 1, "Night Terrors". The challenge was: "write a song about a childhood nightmare. Include significant use of rubato."

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This place seems familiar,
I don't know why,
I can't remember,
Hard as I try.
Hallways keep on shifting,
They have no end,
No way of telling,
What's 'round the bend.

Someone's taken something,
I'm not sure who,
Or what they've stolen,
But I purse.
Escheresque distortions,
Confound my way,
I must press onward,
No time to stay.

[Chorus]
Footprints everywhere,
Where do they go?
Who left them there?
Why don't I know?
I feel compelled to find answers,
To all of these questions,
But the answers elude me.

Overlapping footprints,
Strewn on the floor,
Some pass right under,
Walls with no door.
Some just end in mid-stride,
How very weird,
As if their maker,
Had disappeared.

Prints across the ceiling,
And up the wall,
Where I can't reach them,
Without a fall.
There's no way to follow,
This hopeless track.
There's no way forward,
And no way back.

[Chorus]
Footprints everywhere,
Where do they go?
Who left them there?
Why don't I know?
I feel compelled to find answers,
To all of these questions,
But the answers elude me.

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from Spinning Tunes, track released January 29, 2012

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