"Morning Hollow" as written by and Mark Linkous....
In the silver morning hollow
Trembling and getting old
Smelling burnt oil of heaven
About ten years, too big to hold

She don't get up when I come into the room
She don't run through the fields anymore

Built a fire in the kitchen
Made her bed by a stove
Took a walk to the graveyard
But she didn't want to go

She don't worry all them murders of crows
Even though they was always out of reach

She don't get up when I come into the room
She don't run through the fields anymore


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"Morning Hollow" as written by Mark Linkous

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  • +2
    General CommentI think the idea of a dog that is growing old and slowly drifting away from you can be seen as a larger metaphor for life and the way time slips away from us and watching something you love fade into nothingness infront of your eyes.
    Qjasoon August 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsparklehorse has all their lyrics on the net
    sparklehorse.org/…
    just noticed a few little mistakes
    UnemployedDaysleepeon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI can actually relate this somewhat to a movie i just saw tonight. It' might be because i just watched the movie. but, if you've ever seen Black Snake Moan.
    you might understand this.
    The girl in the movie has been abused her whole life, and i think the song would be looking from the old man's perspective that finds her. "Trembling and getting old" might refer to a growing fear. Which in her case would be try to go without having an addiction to help her feel safe. "Smelling burnt oil of heaven." could be a reference to her addictions, feeling that urge to take action and fill her voids. The chorus "she don't get up" might refer to, the fact she's pretty much just "dying" from the pain, she has no ethusiasm with life anymore. she doesnt care. or, she's just not going to get better. she doesnt want to listen. etc. the next verse explains of the man, taking care of her. trying to rehibilitate her. The next line is kind of hard to describe. possibly. meaning. she doesnt care about all the bad things she's done, and its not like she can do much about them anyways. so she's giving up.
    SKULLZORon January 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeems the perfect song to send him off.
    Good luck.
    xdvron March 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti like skullzor's interpretation, and i think it can be branched out to applied to anyone-- many live from addiction to addiction, whether it be substances, or passionate love, or just some kind of extreme, disillusioned fantasy. many can only live in the comfort of those extremes, often only want to live in those extremes because life is too mundane and droning without them. without them, there's no motivation.
    i can definitely see this being about a dog, on the surface, but it can also illustrate the destruction of a human's hopes over the course of his life-- constantly getting extreme passions, enveloping loves destroyed, and after a while just deciding to settle for paralysis; he gives up. it's easier, it's the sane, stable, realistic choice. he gives up hope for attaining those fleeting ineffable states. he don't want all the intense pain and insanity that goes along with constantly trying to attain a phantom ideal.

    "She don't get up
    When I come
    Into the room
    She don't run
    Through the fields
    Anymore"

    rest in peace, mark linkous.
    eating_for_youon March 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn answer to your question, benpoulden, "Morning Hollow" appears on two seperate Sparklehorse albums. As a hidden track at the end of "It's A Wonderful Life" and as track 9 of 12 on 'Dreamt Light Years...". So it does end one album.

    I think the pet idea is a lovely one. Mark Linkous uses animal imagery in the majority of his songs and spoke about the feeling of closeness he had to animals after his accident. It feels like a touching realisation that a pet that has always been a source of comfort is not going to be around for much longer.

    One other thing, and this is not so much a point as just a feeling, but I have just been reading 'Child of God' by Cormac McCarthy - one of Mark Linkous's favourite books, and there is a scene towards the end where Lester Ballard wakes up in a hollow in the ground and sees morning light coming through a crack in the ceiling and he's is just unbelievably pitiful and you know that he is very close to the end. Mark definitely was a huge fan of the book and so the connection feels pretty likely.
    tvdineron March 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have absolutely NO idea what he is saying afte r"she don't work..." which sucks, because it seems fairly significant to the meaning of the song

    regardless, this is a fantastic song and i cannot believe he chose to push it to the end of the album (it is the hidden track on "It's A Wonderful Life"). so, so sad. i'm not sure who he's talking about, but apparently she's either fallen into a great depression or illness. very sad stuff, the mood of the song is perfect, but it leaves you feeling rather empty.
    daffyon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshit, i got it!

    she don't work
    all them murders
    of crows

    sweet.
    daffyon July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have It's A Wonderful Life, but I had never heard the hidden track until you mentioned it. Much love. :D
    CorporateMaidaon October 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about a pet dieing, probably a dog, and sounds like on a farm
    unless thats just mine
    sad
    UnemployedDaysleepeon April 02, 2003   Link

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