"Temporary Remedy" as written by and Ben Harper....
I killed a snake with a bible
I was living a Johnny Cash song
I'm afraid for this I may be liable
So its best I be moving - moving along

Just a temporary remedy
Running through my veins

Summer lasted through November
Funny when its gone you miss cold
Words can be spoken for a lifetime
We can never hear until we're told

Just a temporary remedy
Running through my veins

They tell me nothing is perfect
Then tell me why is it a word
Yesterday's news is tomorrow's blues
Now they're perfectly blurred

Just a temporary remedy
Running through my veins


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"Temporary Remedy" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General CommentI killed a snake with a bible
    I was living a Johnny Cash song
    I'm afraid for this I may be liable
    So its best I be moving - moving along

    Random
    Journeyon May 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah its random, but this song rocks
    Mattc867on March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@Journey & Mattc867

    It doesn't appear that random to me. Seems pretty obviously about getting over heroin addiction, and then lapsing back into it.

    Temporary Remedy: Heroin

    I killed a snake with a bible: Found Jesus, killed a devil in his life
    I was living a Johnny Cash song: Johnny Cash famously was addicted to heroin
    I'm afraid for this I may be liable: Is there going to be any lingering effects from my heroin addiction?

    Just [Heroin] running through my veins

    Second verse I think is about not seeing the problem with it, even though he heard everyone else saying it, until he was told for certain by the lord, when he reaped what he sowed.

    Third verse is about having doubts about quitting. It appears like the reason they invented the word perfect. Whatever happened yesterday, he doesn't have to worry about until tomorrow.

    I could be wrong, but yeah, I think the randomness you hear is the dynamism of heroin pumping through his veins as simulated in guitar play.
    AaronTheApeon April 18, 2012   Link

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