The Garden of Forking Paths

March 17, 2009 10:40 AM

Just another folk-rock song about Jorge Luis Borges.

You were a friend and I was an enemy
I was a ghost and a trick of your memory
I was a scholar and I was a spy
I saved your life and I left you to die
There is no future and there is no past
here in the garden of forking paths

I've been a soldier and I've been a priest
I see the bombers, the blood in the street
I've slept under awnings in Argentine slums
steeling my soul for the judgment to come
The killing is slow but the dying is fast
here in the garden of forking paths

Billions of lives
the earth, the sea, the sky
and all their fates decided by
the wings of a butterfly

I'll pull the trigger and I'll feel the wound
I'll lay the bricks and I'll lay in the tomb
I'll be the jury, I'll be the accused
I'll look at you like there's nothing to lose
I've searched for so long but I found you at last
here in the garden of forking paths

posted by ludwig_van (4 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Wow, this song is great! I love this style of folk rock, and the lyrics are really cool too. I'm going to go check out your other music.
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 5:29 AM on March 18, 2009

This is sort of filk-y, in a good way. The distilled essence of a Borges story.
posted by muddgirl at 3:16 PM on March 20, 2009

'Just another one', I love it.

Great song, ludwig_van, the band is sounding awesome these days. Now the page won't let me favorite stuff, but if I could, I would have favorited this song.
posted by micayetoca at 6:52 AM on March 21, 2009

this is just lovely
posted by es_de_bah at 10:25 AM on March 26, 2009

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