Audio

Dukkha's Nemesis

The Last Tollgate

03:12
Patty Morris And Dukkha's Nemesis
2008
James Donahue and Patty Morris

Story

The lyrics to The Last Tollgate came to me while literally "speeding down the highway" from Bangor to Portland, Maine. The mile markers flying by (relatively, ask Einstein) popped into a set of song lyrics. They were just too natural a metaphor for Time flying by, that old concept that wends its sorry-ass way through many songs on this CD. The theme fit my life well at the time: in my forties, worried that I was eating up all my time at a travelling sales job that never felt very comfortable, and bummed that I wasn't spending more time on music and the other arts I love. Silly, in retrospect, because we all do what we "need to" in order to get to the things we "want to", so why sweat it so much? But sweat it I did at the time. The cool thing is, when working on "Dukkha's" with my son, James, the trumpet/arranger genius, he started playing an arrangement of music he'd composed about the same time I separately wrote my Tollgate lyrics. "Got any lyrics for this, Mom?" "Yup - I think it's perfect for these lyrics...". So, The Last Tollgate just snapped together, like that!

Lyrics

Speedin down the highway

Mile 199

Travelin at the speed of light

Waste no time

Can't drive within the limits

Way too much to do

Got a speeding ticket

At 1-6-2

Seems like every time

I'm on my way

Gotta hit the brakes

Got a toll to pay

 

Got to make up lost time

To get nowhere fast

Every time I race that clock

I seem to come in last

Even if I get somewhere

I'm not too sure

I'll remember what it is

I came here for

 

Seems like every time I'm on my way

Gotta hit the brakes

Got a toll to pay

 

No time while driving so fast

To stop and kiss the ground

Can't remember where I been

Better slow me down

I'm running out of highway

At Mile 2-8

Hope I got enough left

For the Last Tollgate

 

Seems like every time

I'm on my way

Gotta hit the brakes

I got a toll to pay!

 

(c) 2008 Patty Morris