How many times have you been inspired by lyrics? I have been working non-stop for four days now, and am exhausted. Paul Simon, Born At The Right Time, comes on my internet radio,

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to

The lyrics remind me that no matter how difficult life may be, we should approach the world as if we are just born.

This is the way of the artist, to be as if just born, to be what we are, no expectations and no fear. A blank canvas. We are all “born at the right time” if we have the courage to be what we are.

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Paul Simon, Born At The Right Time

Down among the reeds and rushes
A baby boy was found
His eyes as clear as centuries
His silky hair was brown

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

Me and my buddies we are travelling people
We like to go down to restaurant row
Spend those euro-dollars
All the way from washington to tokyo
I see them in the airport lounge
Upon their mother’s breast
They follow me with open eyes
Their uninvited guest

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

Too many people on the bus from the airport
Too many holes in the crust of the earth
The planet groans
Every time it registers another birth

But among the reeds and rushes
A baby girl was found
Her eyes as clear as centuries
Her silky hair was brown

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time