Guess It Was

Oh the day had a half-life of a million years
So I buried it in the ground
Right between the mountains
And watched as it sank down

You were saying something 'bout something on the radio
Or was it that you had to go?
Oh I thought it was the radio

You said love was a question, the answer was everything
Did I know what you mean?
I think you said everything
Thought it was the radio
Guess it was you had to go

Oh the day turned over in its grave
and made an awful sound
It rolled on through the valley
and shook the earth around

You were saying something 'bout something
like a freight train
could've been the evening rain
Oh I thought it was a freight train

You said love was a question, the answer was everything
Did I know what you mean?
I think you said everything
Thought it was a freight train
Guess it was the evening rain

Oh the day rose up like it had before
And I rolled the stone away
and pushed it up the mountain
and thought I heard you say

Something 'bout how you have to let some things go
could've been the radio
Oh I thought it was a freight train
Guess it was just everything

From MIRA: This song is one of those songs that really felt like it wrote itself. I had in mind, for the longest time, the phrase "if love was a question, the answer is everything" -- but didn't know exactly what it meant. I think I wrote two other songs with that idea in them that never really felt right. Then, right around the time that my grandfather passed away, I had a pretty sleepless night where I woke up every 20 minutes or so with a line or two -- so even though this song is sort of about a love-lost/too-late-realized, I think I was working through some of my own feelings of a family loss, and you'll notice some images in the lyrics that allude to that -- and by 7am or so I finally just sat up and said "OK song! You win! I'm getting my guitar" and an hour later or so, we had a song...