Song of the Day, January 14: The World Ain’t Slowing Down by Ellis Paul

PaulWorldToday’s song is The World Ain’t Slowing Down by Ellis Paul. It was originally included on his masterpiece, 1998’s Translucent Soul. Paul — who is highly decorated and respected in folk circles — received unexpected national recognition when the song was chosen as the theme for the Jim Carrey film Me Myself and Irene in 2000.

Translucent Soul is a powerful exploration of human connections. Paul explores relationships of all sorts, and this song bridges the personal and the universal. It celebrates a two-person relationship in the larger context of making one’s way in a chaotic world. The singer pulls out all the stops, delivering one of his finest vocals. Despite the darkness around the edges, joy and hope resonate throughout the song.

You gotta get gone, you gotta get going
Hey, the world ain’t slowing down for no one
It’s a carnival calling out to you
It sounds like a song,
Hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren’t you the kid
Who just climbed on the merry-go-round
Hey look, the world ain’t slowing down

Today is Ellis Paul’s 48th birthday. Enjoy this delightful song and wish him many happy returns.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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