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In the spring of 2013, I did something I'd been thinking about for years bought my first DSLR camera. I immediately dove into photography as a hobby, and it influenced this song. There are four verses and each verse is a snapshot of a person in different stages of life. “Portrait” was also inspired by a poem by Walt Whitman called “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” where he speaks to future generations of the unchanging human condition and experience throughout time.
Take my portrait, I'm a little boy With deep brown eyes and these cheeks of rose Playing a game wherever I go Lost in a world that no one knows My sail is yet unfurled
Take my portrait, I'm a young man With a strong back and a fire inside A clear gaze and a hurried stride And a beautiful lady by my side I'm off to sail the world
Take my portrait, I'm an old man In this rocking chair, bathed in fireside light My bones they ache on this winters night But to know I've truly lived my life And not misspent a grain of sand
Keep my portrait, I'm a memory- Laid to rest beneath the soil Away from life's tears and strife and toil I've lived and loved, felt pain and joy Now dead leaves fall where I sleep Fond memories I pray you keep Life is short so please don't weep