"The Only Answer" as written by and Mike Doughty....
Upon the rails, among the weeds,
I had a moment of serenity.
I saw you standing, in all the green,
Upon the rusting rail, balancing.

You were the only answer.
My plans spun all around you.
Five years in the wrong, I am assured,
My name to you is just
Another word.

And in your bed, in Morsetown,
You had magazines thrown around, from under them,
The phone had rang, and in the margin there you wrote the number down.

You were the only answer,
My plans spun all around you,
Five years in the wrong, I am assured,
My name to you is just
Another word.

Another word.
Another word.
The only answer.
Another word.
The only answer.
The only answer.
The only answer.


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"The Only Answer" as written by Mike Doughty

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    General CommentI think it is morristown not morsetown

    WOW!! I can listen to this song over and over and over. Such a great simple song - the simple truth is so raw and powerful.

    this is the song you imagine writing for someone when you are in high school
    jigenon October 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningUnlike a lot of Doughty lyrics which really are really just sound explorations, I feel like this album did a much better job of narrative.

    With just a few words in this song, he gives us a few characters, settings and emotions to put you in a story. I really like this song because I'm positive I've got some experiences like the ones he's singing about, and it makes me reminisce those. The girl you thought was the one, and the insignificant but beautiful moments you remember.
    AtomicCEOon March 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commentso simple, yet so powerful, this is what a song should be.
    mockorange13on October 22, 2004   Link
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    Memorythis song brings up memories of my wife, who passed in 2013. makes me cry every time i hear this song...

    these words ring true:
    You were the only answer.
    My plans spun all around you.
    aliengodxon April 14, 2014   Link

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