MUSIC

                       

Did What I Did

04:52
Jim Vick
Music and Lyrics by Jim Vick

Story

This song has made it into the set list now and then over the years, but the right situation for recording it had never arisen until I began choosing the songs for Strings and Wood, the mostly acoustic album I'll be releasing soon.  A reflection on the complex collection of experiences that make up who we are and the cost of regret paid by our hearts and minds.

Lyrics

DID WHAT I DID

 

Looking back on my past,

tears used to come to my eyes

‘til I heard a word from the wise

that helped me to realize

 

that all of those tearful times,

myriad mistakes, and unmentionable crimes 

were secretly paving the way

for the place where I am today.

 

If I never did what I did,

I might never be able to do 

what I do like I do,

and I wouldn’t know what I know

if I’d never been through

what I’ve been through.

 

I’ve sorted out all of my dreams,

secret desires and unscrupulous schemes -

thoughts that I’d dare not reveal 

and tried half my life to conceal.

 

Foolishly played at that game

in half-hearted hope of protecting my name.

Now I cast off the guilt and the shame.

No more holding myself to blame!

 

If I hadn’t thought what I thought, 

I might never be able to think 

out these things like I do,

and I wouldn’t be truly me

if I hadn’t been true 

to what I knew.

 

Counting attempts that I’ve made:

magnificent moves that bring only distress,

brushes with fame and success,

and maneuvers that end in a mess . . .

courageously carrying out

yet one more ill-conceived plan - 

another illusion so grand 

the world couldn’t understand.

 

If I never did what I did,

I might never be able to do 

what I do like I do,

and I wouldn’t know what I know

if I’d never been through

what I’ve been through.


Copyright 1995 Jim Vick