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"Marathon of Life" - full band version - sample

(Tony Chapman)
September 8, 2010
Tony Chapman ©

I was jogging around the central Amsterdam park and my feet pounded out the rhythm -  my whole body moved the words out - "and I'm running over..." I felt euphoric ... so happy to be alive - I felt this is what we're doing - running through this Marathon of life - and its ok - its really ok to run, dance through the chaotic, rich, poetry of this surrealistic dream called living - its ok to work, exert, puff and pant - and sometimes stop and meditate - find the stillness inside - then up again and off down life's cluttered, bumpy, running track, carrying some stillness within- its all ok ...

Marathon of Life.  

Words and Music by Tony Chapman © 2000


G              A                                                                       G  A

and we're  running over bridges, over hilltops, over mountains

A                                                                 G  A

moving like an eagle, like a cheetah, like a snake

A                                                                                         G  A    

and we're running under rivers, under oceans, under fountains

A                                                                           G  A

moving over highways, through the cities, over lakes,


                         A          C      D      G  F6  A

CHORUS:  this is living, (living, living), this is life


 G  etc……

and we're running into forests, into deserts, into tunnels

and we're running over tightropes, overdriven, through the rain

and we're jumping over canyons, over quicksand, out of trouble

moving like a seagull, like a bullet, like a plane     CHORUS

                               Bm7                                                   A

MIDDLE:   and in the middle of the movement there's a still point

        Bm7                                  A

like the stillness before you were born

Bm7                                          A

do like Buddha did and sit at the still point

            D                       E

be the eye of this happy storm......


and we're running down the high-street, over meadows, over rooftops

jumping into the sky, where the birds fly, we don't fall

and we're running over high clouds, where the sunshine, it never stops

passing over factories, farmyards, offices, schools     CHORUS


INSTRUMENTAL as fourth verse       MIDDLE


and we're running through the rat race, competition, down the fast lane

running through our careers, down the corridors and halls

running past the soldiers, politicians and policemen

running past the saintly, past the wise-ones and the fools


(running past the barriers, the boundaries and walls)???


and we're running with our lovers, getting married, having babies

running with our children, with our families and friends

running past our birthdays, anniversaries and retirement

running past our funerals, past our gravestones in the end  CHORUS.....