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jack cookson (folk) – defect in retrospect lyrics

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i’m overwhelmed by the pelt of my past. it’s a ship in a storm aboard which i cling to the mast. i’m cursed to roam these decks and i think “what if”, ’cause the heights of your crow’s nest scared me stiff. nostalgic flame burned bright behind my eyes, on nights like these under crescent moon lit skies. it’s easy to forget flame’s not without a burn, half my memories reduced to ash in a sealed urn. do you remember the days when i could remember every word you said? yeah, me neither

i guess the difference between then and now is my new found ability to turn around, though i can’t quite suss in my crumbling brain why so many of these turns are made in vain, and i am crippled by the fear that i’m wasting my youth, and my thoughts just bleed when i try to find some truth. i can’t stop staring at this half empty cup. i want to make something of this before my time is up. well, do you remember the days when i could remember every word you said? yeah, me neither

now i know i could never learn more from a record than in school. i’m sorry springsteen but i’m not that much of a naive fool. but in a song, i did learn of the sickness of sentiment, and all of the weakness that comes in feeling content. with what’s past i can’t disconnect, there’s so much defect in retrospect