“More Fool Me” by Genesis
My late high school years saw me sitting too often in a dark room listening to various British progressive rock bands such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, and Jethro Tull, almost always under the cloud of marijuana or mushrooms. The songs were richly orchestrated, soaring at times, but the lyrics tended to be dark, troubled, a fitting mirror for my teenage desperation. And then one day in 1973, I popped the album “Selling England by the Pound” onto my record player, and amidst Peter Gabriel’s earnest dystopian laments, I heard something new, Phil Collins stepping away from his drum kit to offer a romantic ballad. The lyric “But when it comes round to you and me / I’m sure it will work out alright,” acted as a salve. The song didn’t change my path, of course. It just came at the right time, when the change was already beginning.
-Dinty W. Moore
Dinty W. Moore is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire and editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, and The Normal School among numerous other venues.
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