Through The Desert Of Truth, To A River So Deep

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To a river so deep

I must be looking for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it’s too hard to cross

And even though I know the river is wide
I walk down every evening and I stand on the shore
And try to cross to the opposite side
So I can finally find out what I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the valley of fear
To a river so deep

And I’ve been searching for something
Taken out of my soul
Something I would never lose
Something somebody stole

I don’t know why I go walking at night
But now I’m tired and I don’t want to walk anymore
I hope it doesn’t take the rest of my life
Until I find what it is that I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the jungle of doubt
To a river so deep

I know I’m searching for something
Something so undefined
That it can only be seen
By the eyes of the blind

In the middle of the night

I’m not sure about a life after this
God knows I’ve never been a spiritual man
Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river
That runs to the promised land

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep

We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We’re all carried along
By the river of dreams

In the middle of the night

In The Middle Of The Night – Billy Joel

As I said at the beginning of this blog there will be some ramblings, and here is one.

A song can conjurer up an image in my mind due to the lyrics, the melody or a combination of both. A picture can emerge from my mind, I see an example of it as I drive down the road, then something happens. As I look at the image I just captured I realize what I felt when listening to the music and how the picture brings forth a thought or memory. Slowly I start to write about it and the message just unfolds before me as I write. That’s about the best description I can come up with on how I am inspired to put my innermost thoughts onto this medium for all to see.

When I listen, not just hear this song, I feel a great strength welling up, a determination born from a great need to live a life worth writing about. I see a future captured in images from my imagination that are out there before me just waiting for me to finally be still long enough to recognize them. I must learn to narrow my focus to see the forest for the trees. Life is much more than a color photograph, much more than the popularized culture of wants so many people follow.

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When you take away the color, you see your surroundings in a much more imaginative way. Your free to put all of your hopes and dreams into the view, place yourself into the scene and feel a part of it. Music and photography take me away from the mundane and deliver me to a land of deep rest. When I listen to a great song I am transported to a better place full of beauty and comfort, peace and calm. When I pick up my camera, I see that place and capture the image that visually brings me there even without the music. A feeling equal to both stimuli.  I’m not sure where this comes from but I’m glad it’s there.

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I had that feeling today as I traveled to see my mother. This song played, like so many times before, yet it made me think a little bit different. I thought about how the lyrics paralleled my life as I bet it did Billy Joel when he wrote it. Great writing comes from the heart. It reaches in and grabs you when you least expect it. Though I have listened to this hundreds if not thousands of times, today I think Billy’s meaning hit home. I have been searching for something, something so undefined.

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As I sat here beside the Androscoggin River in Lewiston Maine, life became simple. A gentle breeze, the smell of the water. The river of dreams is nothing more than becalming your mind, letting go of the harsh reality of daily life, if only for a moment. Let go of the normal crush of sounds and distractions, release all thoughts of whats next and focus on the now. If you immerse yourself in a moment, much of the weight beset on you seems to melt away. Each minute away from your troubles gives you strength to carry on, the will to finally find what you are looking for.






12 thoughts on “Through The Desert Of Truth, To A River So Deep

  1. The ephemera that we chase when it becomes clear is the greatest gift we have. This is a beautifully constructed elegy on the meaning of what we are searching for and how to attain it. Wisdom!

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  2. I’ve heard “Billy” sing that song so many times and never listened to the words.. so I thank you for them today.. My daughter lives in Lewiston.. I like the black and white.. and I enjoy your writtings so much.. Stay well.

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    1. Thanks Isabel, its so nice to hear from you. Great song writers hold a special place in my heart and I cant help but feel the truth of the words.


  3. I so resonate with photography and song and the sentiments that arise when writing from the heart. I sense a deep peace in this post John and I’m happy for you. Happy too that I’ve reconnected with you. Happy journeying my friend.

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