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Bubble Days

by Sheila O'Neill

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Written after a day of playing with bubbles in the backyard because no one should ever have to grow out of childhood and so many of us do.

Thanks to Phoebe and Kelly for helping me get a recording done.
Thanks to Welcome to Night Vale, whose open weather submissions gave me the motivation necessary to finally start getting a recording together.
And my thanks as always to Stephen Sondheim, who is in no way affiliated with this song, but without whom I wouldn't know a near-rhyme from an identity.

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Do you take the time
To watch the bubbles
Floating through the air?
Did they take away your bubbles?
Did they tell you not to care?
Do they say that you're too old now,
And your bubble days are done?
You're no longer young and foolish
And fun

Your crayons are off in storage
And your fairy tales are dead
They tell you how to live now
And they get inside your head
So you smile and nod politely
And pretend that you agree
You're no longer young and foolish
And free

You awaken every morning
To the same, blank room
You do your best to fill it
And to clear away the gloom
And you think of your tomorrow
Where it all will come out right
And when they tear it down,
You don't put up a fight

You've nothing left to live for
But there's nothing else to do
You put aside your purpose
And decide to muddle through
So you push through piles of paper
And they say that you have drive
You're no longer young and foolish
And alive

Do you take the time
To watch the bubbles
Popping every day?
Did they take away your bubbles?
Did they tell you not to play?
Yes, they have their expectations
So your bubble days are through
You're no longer young and foolish
And you

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released September 6, 2014
Written & Sung by Sheila O'Neill
Guitar by Phoebe Heretz
Recorded by Kelly Smith

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