Song #33: Without a String


Inspiration often shows up unexpectedly. Take this week for instance. A new friend of mine happened to share this quote with me during a conversation:

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words 'make' and 'stay' become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.” [Tom Robbins]

I knew instantly I needed to use it for song fodder. Almost every image and idea in this song is extracted directly from this quote, put into a blender and spit out as an acoustic reggae-rock sing-along jam.



It can't be chained

No telling where it's been

There aren't bars so strong

to keep this outlaw in

Won't play your stupid games

Won't follow any rules

No way to nail it down

Makes wisdom play the fool


There is no certainty,

No sure security;

All that is vanity;

It's done without a string.


Defies authority,

A statement of liberty,

Will fight until it is free;

It's done without a string.


Goes where it wants; don't try to stop it

The best we can do is to be love's accomplice