Sing it in the Shower Villanelle, apologies to Sly and the Family Stone

by Tim Seibles

Time is passing, I grow older, things are happening fast
This thing I do the tongue I use does give me some relief
All I have to hold onto is a simple song at last

The world rolls over (the shadow knows) it’s sunset in a flash
I don’ wanna be the dude who always sings to grief,
But Time is passing, I seem older, things are happening fast

Every time I drive this car    I think about a crash
I’d like to be a giant ray and wing some coral reef
All I try to hold onto is a simple song at last

Don’t we go agladly jobbing just to get some cash?
Today I take some time, pool the dew and sift the breeze
I wish all this could last / it won’t last

All these tv talking Teds can give a man a rash
I squint my ears and bend my head I must be going deef
Time ran past me. I got older. Things do happen fast

You look the world dead in the face    then think about your stash
The hours cast and reel you in the worm between your teeth
All you get to bite into is a simple song at last

Lie along the riverside    and dream into the grass
Watch the mating blue jays jitterbug from branch to leaf
They think all this will last / it might last

Do those hot potatoes, baby, quick into a mash;
Only thing can fill me up is just this late belief
Time is passing: I grow older: things are happening fast
All I have to hold onto is a simple song at last