Thank you to @tcelliott who just posted a graphic with a writing prompt for each day of the month. I needed one more song to round out my 14 for this year. As soon as I saw "Trust a Memory" I knew that was what I could write about because I have a notoriously bad memory, and what I do think i remember can't be trusted. There is more to say on the topic than this, but for now this will have to do.
UPDATE 3/7/21 I have completed the music accompaniment and recorded a demo now. I changed the lyrics some. I hope you can revisit it and listen and comment.
When I'm old and feeble
I'll tell twisted works of fiction.
Call it telling my life's story,
But I have one huge restriction.
I may think I know my past
but only some parts have survived.
The same reels run again, again.
They tell me I was alive. But,
It's just a memory
And that's not saying much at all
Don't trust a memory
It's really not a lot, compared to all the stuff I forgot.
It’s not for sake of aging
I’ve been like this all my life
If it weren’t for wedding photos,
wouldn’t know I was a wife.
But there we are walking down the aisle,
And there we are for our first dance
Now it’s so strange, I can’t be sure:
Have I ever gone to France? No, [repeat chorus]
It's a hazy fleeting image
Sometimes a sound or a smell
I might recall a place name
or a face may ring a bell. But, [repeat regular chorus]
Last Chorus and tag:
It’s just my memory
That’s not saying much at all
I don’t trust my memory
I can’t remember squat,
so here’s to all the places and the faces and the cases, the eating and the meetings, the flavors and the favors, the lyrics and hysterics, the trauma and the drama I forgot.