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Pilgrim of the Great Return

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Published on Aug 10, 2016

Featuring Woody Mankowski on soprano saxophone and Twon (Anton Mueller) on acoustic guitar, this song is illustrated by the artwork of surrealist painter Vladimir Kush. Thank you to the Manhattan Kush Gallery (and Max) for permission to use Vlad's fabulous images.

This song was originally intended to be included on my 2007 album "A But Of Light" but it just didn't fit the flow of that recording. It fits perfectly into my recent album however: "If I Could Live Long Enough". Recorded in 2004 and mastered in 2006, I'm very happy that it is finally seeing the light of day.

Here are the lyrics. For more information, please see tobinmueller.com/long_enough/

PILGRIM OF THE GREAT RETURN

There is no place left to go to
I can call my Holy Land
‘less it brings a piece of childhood
and a memory I can hand to my lover.
To you, my lover.
Don’t take me far away;
I’m only here to stay
A Pilgrim of the Great Return.

When you change the way you look at things,
all the things you look at change.
Every time I come to return,
I arrive for the first time, again.

Where’s a pilgrim left to go to
‘cept for deep inside himself?

I’ve wandered through Jerusalem
where blood and stone collide,
been half way round the universe
and still I’d rather lie
with my lover.
With you, my lover.

When you change the way you look at things,
all the things you look at change.
Every time I come to return,
I arrive for the first time, again.
Again. Again. First time, again.

©2004, 2016 Tobin Mueller

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