“Lighten the Load” – Forgiveness & Amends in A Season of Non-Violence

“Lighten the Load” by Harvey Swanson

“…we got to toss off this excess
baggage we don’t need
lighten the load

i can be my own worst enemy
dead with one shot
found out…in the Open
lost…in a thought.”

Lighten the Load by Harvey Swanson

Yesterday the theme for day 29 of 64 Days of Non-Violence was Forgiveness.  Today it’s Amends.  Of course, the lessons and themes are important to look at every day and it really doesn’t matter the order.  What matters is recognizing how we can change our lives and the lives of others through awareness.

Yesterday the assignment was to forgive someone, even if that someone is yourself.  Today it’s to apologize to someone and make amends.  I believe the same goes for that – even if that’s yourself.  Forgive yourself and make amends.  If you recognize something that needs to be forgiven and to apologize, that shows growth.  You are arriving.

I am arriving…even if I cannot see my final destination.  In truth, no one can really see it beyond this very moment.  The destination is where we are at this very moment and maybe another assignment for this Season of Non-Violence is to appreciate where we are right now, how we got here, who helped us along the way, and recognize and bless those sitting at the table next to us with a newspaper in their hand, sipping on a cup of coffee.

Lyrics of “Lighten the Load” by Harvey Swanson on his Sweet Mortality CD.

Harvey Swanson: acoustic guitars, vocals, harmonica
Lino: electric guitars, bass, keys
Bryan Teal: dobro
Sharon Grant: background vocals

when I’s a kid we walked the railroad tracks
me and some of my friends
walked half the day and then walked back
wonderin’ if it ever ends
now when I hear that distant whistle
and the grinding heavy steel
i feel my freedom crushin’
under the weight of my wheels
lighten the load
live and let go

i can be my own worst enemy
dead with one shot
worse than any evil arch rival
givin’me the best that he’s got
i can be my own holy savior nailed to a tree
sacrificed for love, to set my soul free
there’s a long, winding freight train, ahead of its time
goin’west, into the sunset, over the great divide
with box cars of phantom hoboes
flat cars stacked with scrap
this old engine’s overloaded
gotta get rid of this crap
lighten the load
live and let go

you can be my own sweetest dream
draggin’ baggage out of my past
dust off that nostalgia, throw it in the trash
sweep out the cobwebs, the fear and the confusion
kick out the bullshit, anger and illusion
lighten the load

the boxcars were rockin’ slowly
as I hopped on the train
the fireman was shovelin’ coal
he was feedin’ the hungry flames
the engineer blow the whistle
on all those empty platform ghosts
goodnight, farewell my love
i’m headin’ for the coast
there’s a long winding freight train
ahead of it’s time
goin’west, into the sunset
over the great divide
the engineer and the fireman
and the brakeman all agree
we got to toss off this excess
baggage we don’t need
lighten the load

i can be my own worst enemy
dead with one shot
found out…in the Open
lost…in a thought

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About Kristy "Kiki"

I'm just a gypsy with a passion for the earth, people, art, music, photography, and writing.
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