50​,​000 Names

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This tune from our album, “The Juggler’s Progress” (truemargrit.bandcamp.com/album/the-jugglers-progress), describes how the juggler has challenges in getting anywhere with her goals: she’s so busy inventing 50,000 names for everything. She’s either going in circles or progressing. Evolving or revolving? You decide.


everything you saw obeys a natural law
that is somehow flawed
the stream of time might get dammed up
make your empty look like half a cup

reason comprehends
beginning middle end it can’t suspend
the disbelief that cells & bones
somehow fit into alternate zones

inventing space where there’s no place
how can you be standing with your hand out
catching the rain that does not exist
inventing 50,000 lists

crawling from the sea seven days a week
makes it hard to reach
past the dunes where more evolved
creatures count on fingers to problem solve

inventing tools for breaking the rules
easier than banging rocks together
shivering waiting for the flame
inventing 50,000 names

it’s lonely and it’s dull here inside this skull
unless you’re inventing rules for breaking the tools
rearranging time & space to satisfy
all your situations and tastes

inventing 50,000 fates


from 50​,​000 Words For Snow, track released November 11, 2011
Margrit Eichler, piano and voice
Gary Hobish, bass and voice
Andrew Bacon, drums

Gloria Justen, violin
Pam Delgado, voice
Louis Stephenson, voice
Christina Kowalchuck, voice

From the True Margrit album, "The Juggler's Progress:"

Written by Margrit Eichler ©2010 You Djinni Us Songs, BMI


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