Your neck is craned a lazy quarter of the distance down your back creating a reason for the blood to go there. To know now my only veins are your hands across my back where you're resting. Where you rest broke from the sins of our shoulders to struggle and end. Run its motors to waters and everything follows. Cried at the funeral because you can go anywhere to be hallowed by thy name and mine name ours. I'm dying to try to stop the wind, leave the leaves left and leave to be hollowed by thy name and mine name ours. It's hours to be where b is for Bethlehem where Jesus was a fisherman. I know he starts and finishes men but I Don't know why. Jesus was a fisherman, fishing men from the devil hands, so the devil was made red to live a damned life. And the red in your face is touchable to the blues and the Muscles in a memory. Where I have lost my voice and I smell like paste again where we'll be resting, when we rest. My bends bend my anchor to pull people out of the bible to stand in the rain and be where b is for Bethlehem.


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    General Commenti think this song is about wanting to stop time. "To know now my only veins are your hands across my back where you're resting." the idea of something being motionless, but still there and very much alive in them.."I'm dying to try to stop the wind" "Jesus was a fisherman, fishing men from the devil hands, so the devil was made red to live a damned life." I think the person/thing that's gone in their life is what kept this person in check so to speak. "And the red in your face is touchable to the blues and the Muscles in a memory. Where I have lost my voice and I smell like paste again where we'll be resting, when we rest." Being voiceless and unable to move suggests death (smelling of paste). "My bends bend my anchor to pull people out of the bible to stand in the rain and be where b is for Bethlehem." I think this is about the taking away of the person/thing in your life that kept you stable (anchored you) and he's looking to the bible to see where "b is for bethlehem" and jesus is all that's left to help him because this person/thing is gone.

    I could be wrong though. haha
    rachiecakieson February 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGood song, Good lyrics, Good band. That pretty much sums it up!
    lukekaz11on February 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI would really like for someone to explain this song. This song has more lyrics than most TPR songs, which tend to have one or two lines repeated. Sometimes it just seems like Davey just writes whatever pops in his head, regardless of it making sense or not. "Where I have lost my voice and I smell like paste again where we'll be resting, when we rest."
    juan_the_owlon June 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMaybe the paste thing has to do with sniffing glue haha
    impossibledreameron April 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYet another promise ring song with a montage of images which don't really work well together when read, but in the song seem to fit nicely.
    GuitarBoyon May 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song may have to do with a funeral and the events surrounding it and the thoughts he has of it. I think he is kind of reflecting on what he heard maybe at the mass, and maybe trying to explain why he lost someone he cared for.
    nra4everon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think the only thing to take from the song is "Jesus was a fisherman", who writes lyrics like that? I'll tell ya who, The promise ring.
    matteoormatteoon December 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentas much as i want it to be for christians i get the hint its against the bible.

    to pull people out of the bible
    Alkaline_Injectionon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Where I have lost my voice and I smell like paste again where we'll be resting, when we rest."

    Davey used to lose his voice all the time. He's referencing a specific geographic place.
    TimSPCon April 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthere is actually a childrens book called B is For Bethlehem, it was published way before this song was written and I expect Davey got the idea for the song from it. I have also heard that the bit "my bends bend my anchor" is actually a misheard lyric and the real lyric is "my band defend my anger" but i don't know. These first two LPs were so good, shame they never made anything as good after. I suppose boys+girls is alright, I love the split with TITR most.
    Wilf_xon November 07, 2007   Link

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