Depth Perception

Water has many moods, and many faces. You’re never quite sure what lies beneath. It nearly always causes one to change direction, either to seek a crossing-point, or journey along the banks. It’s always a divide.
     Water doesn’t care what you think, or what you think you know.
      Marilyn Reesor helped me with a line in the chorus – thanks. Where would anyone be without friends, through deep water and shallow…?


Depth Perception           ©2004 Dave Hadfield


(Dm)        C                             Dm                         

Dark reflection… light rejection.

                 C    Am         Dm

Is it water deep, or is it shallow?

                 C                              Dm

No impression… imperception.

              Bb—Am               Dm           [Bb-Am as bar chords]

Will you lead, or will you follow?


             Dm                                       C        Dm

Do you dance in the middle of the path ahead,

            F                            G

As you seek to find your way?

            Dm                                      C                Dm

Take a lot, take a little — there’s enough for all,

              F           C        G           [hold]

For you walk it every day.

             Dm                                       C             Dm

Do you cross where the river runs fast and deep,

            F                                        G

Or the place where the water is wide?

             F                          G

Do you falter…. in your stride?


Depth perception.


Do you drive like the devil was at your back,

Or slow like the devil’s ahead?

Is it rough, is it level — like a plain of glass,

Or a wave that breaks instead?

Is the road like an arrow, straight and true

Or does perhaps it curve?

Do you wander…. do you swerve?

Depth perception.


Are you light as a feather in a summer breeze,

Or perhaps as heavy as clay?

Are you free of the tether or harness-broke,

And hardly struggle each day.

Are the joke and the riddle quite clear to all?

Is there laughter in your sleep?

Do you stumble…  do you weep?

Depth perception.


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