“In the Passage” – Dan Fogelberg for a Sunday morn

“There’s a ring around the moon
Tonight
And a chill in the air
And a fire in the stars that
Hang — so near;
So near.
There’s a sound in the wind that
Blows
Through the wild mountain holds
Like the sighs of a thousand crying
Souls;
Crying souls —
There’s a time when the traveler
Is fated to find
That insight has turned his gaze
Behind — behind
And the steps taken yesterday
Will beckon again
And lead to his weary journey’s
End — journey’s end.


And in the passage
From the cradle to the grave
We are born, madly dancing
Rushing headlong through the
Crashing of the days
We run on and on
Without a backwards glance
We run on and on
Without a backwards glance.


But I cast my fate with the
Wife of Lot
I turned my gaze around
Knowing neither what was sought
Nor what was to be found
Heeding weakness, feeding
Strength
Life at length is frail
I seek again the river’s source
Through time’s dark shadowed veil.
In the fast fading centurywe spin through the years
I pray that our failing vision
Clears — our vision clears.


And in the passage
From the cradle to the grave
We are born, madly dancing
Rushing headlong through the
Crashing of the days
We run on and on
Without a backwards glance
We run on and on
Without a backwards glance.


The places dash and the faces
Dart
Like fishes in a dream
Hiding ‘neath the murky banks
Of long forgotten streams
The lines of life are never long
When seen from end to end
The future’s never coming
And the past has never been.


There’s a ring around the moon
Tonight
And a chill in the air
And a fire in the stars that
Hang — so near;
So near.”

One thought on ““In the Passage” – Dan Fogelberg for a Sunday morn

  1. I don’t recall hearing this song when the Innocent Age album was released. But, I listened to it today after reading the lyrics here first. The year 1981 really takes me back , as I’m sure it does you, to a time so cherished. These lyrics are juxtaposed in a most touching and truthful way that resonates much stronger now than they ever could in 1981.

    Thank you Gray, and I hope you are doing well and having a good day.

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