Fountain of Sorrow

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Jackson Browne

Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 17 million albums in the United States alone. more »

Looking through some photographs I found inside a drawer 
I was taken by a photograph of you
 There were one or two I know that you would have liked a little more
But they didn't show your spirit quite as true

You were turning 'round to see who was behind you
And I took your childish laughter by surprise 
And at the moment that my camera happened to find you
 There was just a trace of sorrow in your eyes

Now the things that I remember seem so distant and so small  Though it hasn't really been that long a time
What I was seeing wasn't what was happening at all
 Although for a while, our path did seem to climb 
When you see through love's illusions, there lies the danger 
And your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool
So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger
 While the loneliness seems to spring from your life
Like a fountain from a pool

 Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light 
You've known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight 
You've had to hide sometimes, but now you're all right 
And it's good to see your smiling face tonight 

Now for you and me it may not be that hard to reach our dreams 
But that magic feeling never seems to last
And while the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it seems 
It would be easier sometimes to change the past
I'm just one or two years and a couple of changes behind you
In my lessons at love's pain and heartache school
 Where if you feel too free and you need something to remind you
There's this loneliness springing up from your life
Like a fountain from a pool

 Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light 
You've known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight 

You've had to hide sometimes but now you're all right 
And it's good to see your smiling face tonight 

 Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light 
You've known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight 
You've had to struggle, you've had to fight 
To keep understanding and compassion in sight 
You could be laughing at me, you've got the right 
But you go on smiling so clear and so bright

Written by: JACKSON BROWNE

Lyrics © Jackson Browne/Swallow Turn Music/Night Kitchen Music/Open Window Music

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