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The Open Road

from The Pearl (2019) by Metaphor

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If you go down into Egypt and bring back the one pearl that lies in the sea, guarded by the loud-breathing wurm, then you shall put on your robe and the mantle that goes upon it…and you shall be heir to our kingdom. —HYMN OF THE PEARL, III


And the light is bright, brighter than a million suns. An ordinary sight, if this is where you’re from. A many colored coat, and rings upon my hands. A diamond at my throat, fierce power at my command. When I could pull my weight, they gave me a sacred goal, the lure of the good and the great, a chance to prove my soul. They sent me off in search of a pearl, so true it has no price, guarded by a horrible wurm, in Egypt, land of flesh and sense and spice (and everything nice). I wanna hit the highway, to feel the wind in my mane. I wanna see new places, where no one knows my name. In the deep of night I waken, fear I toss and scorn I turn. I don’t want to leave forsaken, my turn, my turn, my turn. I don’t want to be unfaithful, unworthy of love at the last. I don’t want to be ungrateful, or fail at my task, or fail at my task. Here I behold my loves, engraved upon my heart, and promise not to sleep or forget, in all of the time that we’re apart. And here I will take my oath, swear by the stupidness of youth, I will achieve my part, by cunning, claw, fist or tooth (if that’s not too uncouth). Here are my walking shoes, here is my bag, my coat, my staff. Here is the open road, echoing a silent, sneaking laugh.


from The Pearl (2019), released January 4, 2019


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Metaphor hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band was originally a tribute to the music of early Genesis, then released four much-acclaimed albums of their own highly original compositions.

As a band, Metaphor is no more; but the members are still active. Visit their record label at tropeaudio.com to see other projects.
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