this the soup
that i believe in
this is the smoke
i'm always breathin'
this is the way
i share my breakfast
this is the way
i share my sentence

i know i know
i should lay low
i should stand tall

this is the beard
i'm always growin'
i know they're here
i see them floating
her empress beards
they float so holy
their beards are here
they gently hold me

well who knows who knows
yeah i may come home
yeah i may return

this is the way
i'm always leaving
this is the soft
voice of the evening
this is the way
i hear my father
these are the flames
that drown the water

well i knew i knew
i could stand tall
i could lay low

this is the sound
that swims inside me
that circle sound
is what surrounds me
this is the land
that grows around me
and these are the hands
that come in handy

well we've known we've known
we've had a choice
we chose rejoice

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    General Comment"well who knows who knows
    yeah i may come home
    yeah i may return

    this is the way
    i'm always leaving"

    la vita bassaon January 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love devendra too.

    he's really mad...
    giulydefon December 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite devendra banhart song. It's a great album opener, and yet it's brilliant on its own too.
    hapal loveron April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "i serve my sentence" not "share my sentence"
    br0wntrashon March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI feel as if it's about normality and structure. The end is a declaration of denouncing the normal and daily structure- "We had a choice, we chose rejoice"-possibly in that one line my life is summed up.
    nocarsGOon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow, I know exactly what he's talking about! I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who knows about holy floating empress beards (the best kind of empress beard)!
    shmortisborgon August 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE this song. It's so great.
    songofthedeafgirlon November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! it is amazing, the way it makes me feel so warm inside when i hear it, it's so comforting. Devendra's voice is amazing, it begins off quivering and whispy and gradually becomes stronger and punctuates certain lines. Oh i love him.
    conolacagueon September 13, 2010   Link

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