The Other Life

My name is Augustino.
I think you know me well.
We met in 1419
just outside the gates of hell.
There was snow in the Devil’s courtyard
and I covered you with a cloak.
It was only for a moment,
but I still hear the words that I spoke:

I said, “Remember to remember
the small but steady flame
that always is the same
whether you win or lose.
There is a life inside of this life
like a candle inside a storm
and if you remember to remember it,
that other life will always keep you warm.”

My name is Quetzalcoatl.
I’m the god who came from the East.
You worshipped me in the jungle
when you were the daughter of a priest.
But your jealous father cursed me
and I fell through the freezing sky.
It was only for a moment,
but you held me as I died.

And you said, “Remember to remember
the small but steady flame
that always is the same
whether you win or lose.
There is a life inside of this life
like a candle inside a storm
and if you remember to remember it,
that other life will always keep you warm.”

Past the sound of our hearts breaking,
past the hurt we could not forgive,
past the torment and the aching,
the other life is waiting for us to live.

My name is No-One-Really
and I’m not sure why I’m here.
I have pictured us for so long,
but that picture fades more each year.
But there’s a bend up in the river
where we’ll meet again somehow.
Maybe only for a moment,
but we’ll repeat our wedding vow:

We will remember to remember
the small but steady flame
that always is the same
whether we win or lose.
There is a life inside of this life
like a candle inside a storm
and if you remember to remember it
the other life will always keep you warm.

Words and music copyright of Paul Weinfield/Tam Lin Music Publishing (BMI, 2013)

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