Category Archives: Poetry

Born

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I was born to laugh
I learned to laugh through my tears
I was born to love
I’m gonna learn to love without fear

Pour me a glass of wine
Talk deep into the night
Who knows what we’ll find

Intuition, deja vu
The Holy Ghost haunting you
Whatever you got
I don’t mind

Put your elbows on the table
I’ll listen long as I am able
There’s nowhere I’d rather be

Secret fears, the supernatural
Thank God for this new laughter
Thank God the joke’s on me

We’ve seen the landfill rainbow
We’ve seen the junkyard of love
Baby it’s no place for you and me

I was born to laugh
I learned to laugh through my tears
I was born to love
I’m gonna learn to love without fear

Lyrics to “Born” by Over the Rhine
Yep, you can expect to see lots of OTR’s lyrics- some of the most beautiful poetry of our era!

I could write a blog post on almost every stanza of this song.

My favorites- “laugh through the tears” which describes the paradoxes of life. To recognize the eternal sadness of this earth while clinging to the joy of the real eternity!

My second favorite the combo of “put your elbows on table” just relegates the true friendship on earth found in those who get comfy & prop their heads in their hands and listen long after they are able. Makes me very appreciative for the handful of people that I can “put my elbows on the table with”- metaphorically, of course..

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