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Tricycle Lyric Reflections, courtesy of Brenda Sauter:

There’s an unintentional theme that runs through some of Tricycle, and that is about childhood loss. Think of Neil Young’s SUGAR MOUNTAIN, and that will set the tone. Writing from the perspective of someone older while you’re still young, and singing about childhood lost is an outlook that I can relate to.

The chords and riffs came while Rich was playing his acoustic guitar, before we met. And my melody emerged some time later, just as mysteriously as Rich’s riffs. Unfortunately, the memory of how ideas emerged during the creative process is gone.

The lyrics to THE MUSIC BOX are about a real music box which I adored as a child. It went missing for some years; but in reality there’s a happy ending, unlike the song’s ending. I found the box in the attic; the ballerina still spins along to Für Elise as well as ever.

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Bedroom talks, childhood walks follow familiar roads
Travel time, thoughts unwind
Mysteries slip through my hands.
Running and reeling and reveling.
Rhapsody, a melody chiming from within
Turned the key, it played for me
the music box in my hand.
Reeling, unraveling melody.
Sunny day, sinking low, tells me to go inside
Sitting there, rocking chair
quiet time turns into dreams.
I don’t recall the lonely day
when it ceased to play
Darker times they came my way
No more holidays.
Wondering, waiting and worrying
Running and reeling and reveling
Reeling, unraveling melody.
Bedroom talks, childhood walks follow familiar roads
Turned the key, it played for me
the music box in my hand.

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from tricycle (remastered / expanded edition), released April 28, 2023

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