This is the second-best track on new Decemberists record. It’s called “A Beginning Song” and it’s the final track, which is a nice touch. I am listening to it a lot, because it’s pretty and uplifting, because it uses those feel-good folk instruments, because I like thinking about beginnings, and because I like the way Colin Meloy says “wanting.”

This is the second-worst blog I’ve posted this week.



“Let’s commence to coordinate our sights
And get them square to rights
Get them square to rights.

Condescend to calm this riot in your mind,
Find yourself in time,
Find yourself in time.

If I am waiting, should I be waiting?
If I am wanting, should I be wanting?
And all around me. 


Document the world inside his skin
The tenor of your shins,

The timbre of your limbs.

Now commence to kick each brick apart
To center on your heart
Starting with your heart, bright heart

If I am waiting, should I be waiting?
If I am wanting, should I be wanting?
And all around me, all around me. 

If I am waiting, should I be waiting?
If I am wanting, should I be wanting? 
If I am hopeful, should I be hopeful? 
All around me, all around me.

It’s it sunlight, it’s it shadow,
It’s the quiet, it’s the word,
It’s the beating heart, 

It’s the ocean. it’s the boys…

It’s you, my sweet love, 

My sweet love,
Oh, my love… 


And the light, bright light,
And the light, bright light,
Bright light, bright light.

It’s all around me
It’s all around me
It’s all around me.”

~A Beginning Song
The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World