I drove up to the city at night and found the place where you grew up and then where you stayed and we walked around and stayed up late under city lights. I spent the night next to you in the place where you grew up, next to you, I miraculously woke up. In your parents' house, I lied in bed with you.
I went back to feel alone there. I went back to wipe it clean. I took the lights and radio towers out of my dreams.
We went all the way up to the small town where I'm from with foggy air and the wind and the mountain top. We clung to rocks and we looked off. You held my hand. You almost got to start feeling me. I finally felt like I was breathing free. Under swaying trees we fell asleep and we had the same dream. The stars were bright. We dream the same every night. On my island home I spent some time with you.
I went back to feel alone there. I went back there by myself. I gave up on everything that we'd felt.
We found a precious place in the sand right out in the wind and we lied under a blanket and heard the furious sound of roaring waves, the pounding surf, two bodies on the earth. It was intense just getting to be there next to you. You were trying to get me then, and I was happy to let you in.
I went back and wished I hadn't. I went back and felt regret. I went to the beach and I just started west.
Every night when the sun went down in the town where we lived the empty streets were lit up by reflected light from a distant sun bouncing off a glowing ball of rock. We just lied on the roof and watched the moon. The moon! The blue light of the moon. We didn't talk and silently we both felt powerful and, like the moon, my chest was full because we both knew we're just floating in space over molten rock and we felt safe and we discovered that our skin is soft. There's nothing left except certain death and that was comforting at night out under the moon.
I went out last night to forget that. I went out and stared it down. But the moon just stared back at me and in its light I saw my two feet on the ground.



Lyrics submitted by orbitings, edited by nick108030, itsmecaitlind

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is a wonderful song. The opening accoustic piece, the decision to have the vocals blend into the background, the placement of the horns, the strong backing drumming. It has a very poignant quality to it; I suppose because to an extent, given the constant references to the natural world, we can all relate to the relationships presented in the song. That of our relationship with other people and the environment itself.

    Foggy air and the wind and the mountain top, rocks, trees, stars, the moon, island, sand, the roar of waves, the pounding surf, the earth, the sun, space, molten rock, skin, the ground. Regardless of what part of this planet you inhabit, all these things are known to all of us. He relates his experiences with this other person by constant reference to what is around him. It is a song that, for me, truly reaffirms what it means to be a human being. The acceptance of death and how it can all be perceived as a vast, interconnected, eternal process. Every thing comes from the same source; the moon and molten rock and man alike.
    A_Raging_Bullon September 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPhil is married, whats this about celibacy? Anyway, this is probably one of my favorite songs of all time. Nothing is better than listening to this song while driving through Mt. Eerie. It's so...beautiful
    sweetadelineon June 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really love the first part of this song. He seems like he just doesn't want to associate this person with these places-so he goes there alone to "wipe it clean."

    i personally like the acoustic version more, but they're both so beautiful!
    do i run rare?on May 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like that the music is louder than his vocals....A lot.
    The_Variableon February 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutely beautiful.
    i also love the acoustic version of this song.
    theglowisgoneon March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti loved this song from the first i heard it and it gets better every time!
    scottishboyon March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song and im soo glad that i finally found the lyrics, but everytime i listen to the song while reading the lyrics i dont hear this line:

    "And then I went and had sex with you."

    is it on the acoustic version? oh i dunno i just dont hear that line.
    xegirldcfcon March 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo its not on any version.
    mrtrouton April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy absoulute favorite microphones song.
    the first time i heard it, i decided that i'd memorize every lyric. (and "& then i went and had sex with you" was definitely not one of them, haha.)
    girlscouton April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its pretty funny to put in there...it doesn't go at all with the rest of the song.
    mrtrouton April 22, 2004   Link

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