"Alaska" is the 2nd movement in the Endings Are Beginnings suite.

The first song, "Time To Waste", was about carefree, reckless youth. WELL NOT ANYMORE. This song is about life's inevitable experiences of darkness- burning, reckless searching, hunger, fears unnumbered… all that stuff. (I may have just quoted the song lyrics there, shh)

I drew from one of my favorite books, "Looking For Alaska", where the main characters ponder the "labyrinth" of human suffering and then experience it firsthand when their friend Alaska is taken from them.

In the first chorus of this song, the narrator (yours truly) contemplates pain and blindly repeats the platitudes we all say to comfort each other… but after he actually experiences suffering himself, the same platitudes in the final chorus are spoken with dissillusionment, powerless to help. (They say these endings…)

Closing remarks:
1. This was a long description.
2. I used a lot of parenthesis didn't I?
3. The word "platitude" is one of my all time favorites and I'm psyched I actually got to use it.
4. LYRICS!

"I sat with my Alaska
As cars rushed far away
We stared up into starlight
Never thinking it could change
We spoke of finding answers
And wondered what it means
To escape the maze around us
And the pain that never leaves

There's a burning
Restless searching
Countless hopes that never came to be
There's a hunger
Fears unnumbered
As the ground falls out beneath your feet

But all these endings, endings are beginnings
Though your head is spinning, you'll make it through somehow
And nothing will keep your world from changing
So why not go on racing like nothing holds you down?
They're all beginnings now

All that I had wanted
And all that I had done
Came together in that moment
And I knew I'd found the one
I sat with my Alaska
As night turned into day
But I never could have guessed
That soon her light would have to fade

There was no warning
On that morning
Just those words that tore me open wide
She's no longer
But I still want her
And that night will never leave my mind

They say these endings, endings are beginnings
Though your head is spinning, you'll make it through somehow
And nothing will keep your world from changing
You have to go on racing like nothing holds you down
They're all beginnings now"

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