Chimney falls and lovers blaze, I thought that I was young
Now I have freezing hands and bloodless veins as numb as I've become
I'm so tired, I wish I was the moon tonight

Last night I dreamt I've forgotten my name
'Cause I sold my soul but I woke just the same
I'm so lonely, I wish I was the moon tonight

God bless me I'm a free man with no place free to go
Paralyzed and collared tight, no pills for what I fear
This is crazy, I wish I was the moon tonight

Chimney falls as lovers blaze, I thought that I was young
Now I've freezing hands and bloodless veins as numb as I've become
I'm so tired, I wish I was the moon tonight

How will you know if you've found me at last?
'Cause I'll be the one, be the one, be the one with my heart in my lap
I'm so tired, I'm so tired and I wish I was the moon tonight

I'm so tired, I'm so tired and I wish I was the moon
I'm so tired, I'm so tired and I wish I was the moon tonight


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  • +2
    General CommentTruly wonderful, I am saddened that so few peopel have picked up on Neko Case on this site. But this song is wonderful, simple but effective lyrics and that voice, the best female singer going.
    goprogresschromeon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the line 'this is crazy'. I mean, when you feel like this, all cold and lonely and out of place, you still realise how utterly crazy it is to have those feelings. "Why me, why am I feeling like this, why not someone else. Life wasn't supposed to be like this. This is just crazy."
    Purrtyon April 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"chimney falls and lovers blaze" brings to my mind the image of the two lovers falling out of the lightning-struck tower often found in tarot decks... the tense of "falls" could be pointing to that moment, the low-point, when the speaker realizes that he (or maybe she) is "lost" after having "sold" themselves, and the flood of loneliness accompanying this realization... the entire song is steeped in a kind of loneliness, but it's a beautiful solitude (amplified, of course, by neko's vocals and the guitar/string work here), much like the image of the wolf or coyote on the ledge, looking up at the moon... here, it is neko "howling" that primal feeling, the knowledge that one is always alone ("thought that I was young"), the innocence that always has been lost..
    laughing_manon June 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIn an interview Neko said that this song was written about her father whom she described as a 'sad and lonely man' who hated his life and let them know about it every day. Her mother and father emigrated from the Ukraine, when it was still part of the communist Soviet Union. The line "god bless me I'm a free man" refers to that, but they were very poor which gives us the line "with nowhere free to go". He worked for the US Air Force which meant moving around a lot and why they wound up in Tacoma Washington as there is an Air Force Base there. It's truly one of her sadder songs.
    ginintonicon August 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite neko song and one of my favorite songs ever. beautiful in all realms.
    sharksandwich999on December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favourite songs
    amerilieon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever knew a song could be so simple yet so incredibly beautiful. It's amazing.
    Could anyone care to answer my question? Do you think it is "Chimney falls and lover's blaze", or "Chimney falls as lovers blaze"? And just what is it supposed to mean?
    In love with the song, I just want to know!
    userstkon March 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure it's "chimney falls and lovers blaze" the first time, but "chimney falls as lovers blaze" the second time (at least on the album version)-- although i don't think too much of the meaning hinges upon that distinction. i took this to be a metaphor for the disintegration of their union... love burning out, something once strong now crumbling... now she's cold and lonely.
    no_syntaxon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti went to see her in concert
    she sounds ten times better live then she does on cd
    i think that's amazing. because usually people cant hold a note when they;re live
    rose.paradeon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsuch a good song
    person22on March 27, 2008   Link

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