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A continuation of the post, The Last Worthless Evening. It’s been sitting in my unfinished drafts bin for a few years now. It feels like the right time to finish it.

I do a lot of driving because of the rural location where I live. When I was younger, I met and fell in love with a certain young man my age. While things did not work out between us, I’ve always believed that one benefit of having met him was being introduced to the music of Chris DeBurgh.

Sometimes, on late nights like last night, with long hours in the darkness, when I am alone, the quiet comes and brings to mind the lessons of the past. Sometimes that indigo peace doesn’t mind accompaniment.  Yesterday, among the music choices that I was drawn to bring along with me for the ride, was an old 1974 album by Chris DeBurgh called  Far Beyond These Castle Walls.

While listening to the song, “The Key“, the lyrics jumped out at me in a way I had not seen before. It was like listening to a play, and the play had very familiar characters.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:
SON, who has changed allegiances from following the Father and now follows the Smiler
SMILER, otherwise known as the Devil, the Deceiver, the Ensnarer of Men’s Souls, etc
DAUGHTER, otherwise known as me
FATHER, parent of us all
THE KEY, our Savior, Jesus Christ and all that is accomplished through his Atonement

SON, to DAUGHTER:
Each time that I hold you, your eyes fill with fear.

SMILER, to SON:
You can’t lose control now, the price is too dear.

FATHER, to DAUGHTER:
But love, I have heard you
crying in the dark,
and the tears on your pillow
came bleeding,
weeping
from your heart.

FATHER, to SON:
Oh sinner, you’re losing all that you had.
Your day is in pieces,
your night has gone mad!
And love cannot touch you;
the search has no end,
and the One you’ve forgotten
was really your only friend.

FATHER AND DAUGHTER, addressing SON:
Then your soul flies to Heaven;
you reach out for me.
But the Door will not open,
You’ve thrown away the key.

No, the door will not open,
you’ve thrown away the key
No, the door will not open,
you’ve thrown away the Key.

FATHER and KEY, to SON:
O stranger, beware!
The life that you lead
is filled with the warnings
you can’t 
or will not
read.
Your castle has fallen.
It lies in the sand.

THE KEY and/or DAUGHTER, grieved, to SON:
I heard your voice calling,
I thought I felt the brush
of your hand.

FATHER, to SON:
Oh gambler, remember
the love that you lend
will never come back
for the game has no ending.

The Smiler is calling,
you turn for the deal,
and the aces keep falling
with every spin of the wheel.

Then gather your winnings,
you’re ready to leave.
But the door will not open,
you’ve thrown away the Key.

THE SMILER, to Son:
Oh there’s no point in staying,
so don’t wait to see!
For the door will not open:
you’ve thrown away the key.

The Key

The FATHER
It’s disturbing to realize that this role could go to FATHER and KEY or SMILER. It’s based on the choice of the SON and DAUGHTER. Yes, it all depends on which you chose as your guide and goal. (Luke 16:13) It’s kind of creepy to read the play in the self-delusional voice of SMILER standing in for the FATHER.

The Door, the One
Just as it is with choosing who we will have for our Father, we also choose who is our Door, and who is our One. That is what the loyalty test of this earth life is all about.

Fear
A feeling or idea originating from, taught by and deftly used by Lucifer in his effort to destroy us. (Genesis 3:8)

Control
These are powers, dominions. We can trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5) or we can choose not to believe in him to the point of obeying because we love and trust him (Moses 5:13).

too dear
Job 13:15 and Genesis 22:16-18 versus Matthew 19:20

in the dark
Psalm 77:6, Acts 26:23-26,  2 Nephi 27:27

bleeding, weeping
D&C 19:16-18, Jacob 2:35

Heaven
D&C 88:22, D&C 132:4-7

YOU’VE THROWN AWAY THE KEY
JST Matthew 21:51, Helaman 14:18

stranger
Mosiah 5:13

can’t or will not read
Matthew 13:13, 2 Nephi 27:20

sand
Matthew 7:26

of your hand
Ezekiel 17:18, Psalm 55, Isaiah 54:6, D&C 63:55, Alma 30:46, D&C 121:37, Ephesians 4:30,

the love that you lend
Moses 7:33, John 3:19

The Smiler
Moses  7:26, Alma 10:25

you turn for the deal
2 Nephi 31:20, Alma 11:40-41, 

YOU’VE THROWN AWAY THE KEY
1 Samuel 8:7

your winnings
Mosiah 7:30-31, D&C 45:2, D&C 112:24-26

no point in staying
Matthew 25:10-12

don’t wait to see
Mosiah 3:25-26, Alma 42:20-30, Moses 5:13, Alma 33:20-21

YOU’VE THROWN AWAY THE KEY
D&C 18:10-12

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See also “The Tower” and “The Girl With April in Her Eyes” …
“Spanish Train” and “The Devil’s Eye” by Chris DeBurgh

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