Tijd om te vertrekken

Blindelingse Greep nr.22 in de RG-Collectie levert een verzameldubbelaar op: Spotlight on Magna Carta. Daar kan ik toch maar één nummer van kiezen nu, en het verbaast mij dat het niet eerder is langsgekomen. De track is van 1971, het kwam uit op single in 1973 in de dagen toen ik eindelijk het ouderlijk huis verliet. Toepasselijker kon het niet.

The wind blows the ashes of summer,
and pulls at the torn paper face on the plumbing
and the marmalade cat, with dark mangled ears
slips through the fence without pausing
this is my world and home
football and marbles and coming home late if you dare
I look at the face in the mirror,
I know it so well, but I don’t know at all

and the child books are weary, and fade on the shelves
with things that were precious now dusty
this was my yesterday
and the friends that I knew, have all gone

now and now now is the time
for the leaving

in a corner she sits, by the fire
and seeks the words that somehow elude her
and the yesterday face, a picture with moustache
looks down to the ground from the mantelpiece
this is my world alone
the blue cotton dress and the man on the cross on the wall

Why must you go, were the words that she’s found
there’s a job in the paper, that’s a firm
five minutes away and the pay is real good
and the prospects get better, they say
how can I tell you now
good-bye must be all I can say

now and now now is the time
for the leaving

now and now now is the time
for the leaving

Time for the leaving