A Last Time for Everything


Today was a hard day. Ben Shive’s “A Last Time for Everything,” kept running through my head as I watched the news updates from Connecticut. In Ben’s book, The Cymbal Crashing Clouds, he tells the story behind the song and I think it’s especially appropriate today. I’ve excerpted it below in images to maintain the unique formatting of the book.

“A Last Time for Everything”
by Ben Shive





Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


  1. Graeme

    In words of my favorite rapper, Lecrae, has a song called FALLING DOWN
    this is an excerpt form this song.

    You scared, I’m not
    There’s a time for everything,
    A time to be born and a time to die
    There’s a time when the world as we know it will end
    When that is, I don’t know
    But it is goin’ down

  2. Jenn C

    Although this is one of my all-time favorite songs, I hadn’t related it to this tragedy. Thank you for putting the two together for me. The imagery pulls me to peace – that singing bird and the packed bags at the curb. This will all pass away and I’m grateful to my core for that.

  3. becky from ne

    This song is a perfect choice. I loved it from the first time I heard it, because it turns my thinking upside-down. Something that is desperately needed this week. Thanks for sharing it.

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