If I Don’t Burn

“You can’t shine if you don’t burn” – Kevin Ayres

 

If I don’t burn, how will I shine a light?
Will I fade, falter, flicker, fail and die?
How will I find a way across the night?
 
If I, exhausted, lose the will to fight
Or carry on halfhearted, fighting shy
Then, burning dim, how will I shine a light?
 
If I am dulled and lose my appetite
And lose as well the wherewithal to try
How will I find a way across the night?
 
If I despair of seeing the sky grow bright,
Not noticing the new day dawn is nigh,
Then, growing cold, how will I shine a light?
 
If I pretend that everything’s alright
If, smiling outward, inwardly I cry
How will I find a way across the night?
 
If I won’t speak, won’t tell you of my plight,
Won’t tell you how my world has gone awry
And will not let you share your warmth and light
How will I find a way across the night?

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