Out on the front porch with a kerosene lamp
See white-capped waves rolling five feet high,
but begging these memories for another advance
is like whispering love to the sky
I have this picture of you taking my hand
Sink to my knees in the damp, dark sand
Take off all your clothes and we reach out in vain
The light goes out as it starts to rain

Saint Cecilia send me something simple and sublime
Close my eyes and douse my head with red respberry wine

Wind rises swiftly and the trees start to sway
To take back the delicate words that you said
Place me there in the sunrise of the strong new day
Cause the light here is failing these words are all dead
Just leave me my cherished ambiguity
I need it to sleep with, I need it to see
for all contradictions that I try to disguise
will rise up from my lungs - come to be baptised by

Saint Cecilia send me something simple and sublime
Close my eyes and douse my head with red raspberry wine


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    General Commentthis is by far one of the most beautiful songs i have ever heard in my entire life, ic ant even choose a favorite line
    intoodeepon September 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat was this song released on?
    The Smell Of Rainon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat was this song released on?
    The Smell Of Rainon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song was originally released on a solo tape John K. did way back when called "Slips and Tangles."

    He also re-recorded it for a split he did circa '95 which, I believe, is titled Little Pictures (someone correct me if I'm wrong). I'll put the tracklisting here in case you can get your hands on that old solo tape, or are just interested. It's great, and it has a couple songs he later redid (and for some, renamed) for either Propagandhi or Weakerthans (I'll also eventually post the lyrics under a John K. Samson artist page):

    "Slips and Tangles" tape:
    1. Slips and Tangles
    2. Greenest Eyes
    3. Airport Lounge
    4. Unearthly Refrain
    5. Happy Song
    6. Sunday Afternoon
    7. Summer Rain
    8. Farewell Faded Memory
    9. Velveteen
    10. Maryland Bridge
    11. Sympathetic Smile
    12. Saint Cecilia
    13. Little Pictures
    14. A Story You Have Heard
    15. Agonistes
    MilosMinionon August 09, 2005   Link

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