Your passing broke the silence
On that dark October day
The sun was headin' for the west
As it did I heard you say
I set my sail for a gentle breeze
Now I leave this world as it was meant to be
And you, did you listen to anything I said?
Did you ever listen to me?

Though now it seems you'll never know
But every lad to a man must grow
Till winter comes to celebrate
Then proudly chill the bone
When at last they bury me
Into this ground you'll someday see
And you, did you listen to anything I said?
Did you ever listen to me?

Though the face we wear
Sometimes seldom speaks
From the babe that cries
To this grown man's feet
May the hand still write
And its heart shape keep
Till our fathers, sons and daughters agree

So I will pave this road 'til glory
Sets our broken spirit free
From every cross-soaked nail pours endless rain
With tears no eye should see
But they could fill our highest ocean
And the rivers in between
With every blade that flowers must grow then drown
With love our cruelest sea



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    General CommentSweetly sad. Brings to mind the image of an old man, lying in bed before death and speaking to a son or grandson or even just a young friend.
    VullNoidon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of my mom....she died in october too... :\
    ll_sara_llon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a tribute to Johnny Cash. One of Dave's huge influences and the reason he plays a black guitar. Does anyone know who sings the last verse of this song? I think it may be someone form the Pogues, but I'm not sure.
    tgunzdtd75on August 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthought it was Dave who sang the last verse... I could be wrong
    bob3lbon November 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best on Within a Mile. It's a ill man trying to give wisdom to a younger man before he passes away. The last verse in this song is the greatest.
    JakeLandison May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know why they didn't make this song and "With a Wonder and a Wild Desire" one track? They're basically one (very, very good) song.
    Nick the Bastardon August 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far one of my favorite Flogging Molly songs. As with sara above, my mom also passed in October.
    patrick119on September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDave's Dad passed away on October 16th.
    Merce007on April 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy grandfather died on October 16... I can't remember well, but I think it was either 2004 or 2003... I just know it was the 16th because I had to write down the date constantly on all of my papers in all of my classes at school.
    rockstothebasson August 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe last part of this song on here is actually considered part of the next song, With a Wonder and a Wild Desire, and not part of the Spoken Wheel.
    khayman1987on February 01, 2010   Link

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