"Three Hits" as written by and Amy Elizabeth Ray....
Three hits to the heart son
And it's poetry in motion
One could send you down the river
Three's a strange way to be delivered

Would you trade your words for freedom
That's a barter for a blind man
Three hits to the heart son
And it's poetry in motion

Are you levee'd like a treasure
Only words can help me find you
And this world's a fickle measure
I would painfully remind you

From a wise man to your red hand
You lay covered ion our best sins
Three hits to the heart son
And it's poetry in motion

Well I dream you constant stranger
With your best bloods and your anger
You say mother do you claim me
My beloved do you blame me

Well the first two might release you
But the last one sings in me son
Three hits to the heart son
And it's poetry in motion

Three hits to the heart son
And the last one sings in me

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"Three Hits" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is actually about poet - nothing to do with Jesus. Sorry.
    n1a2m3eon May 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"A music friend of mine sent me a book of his poetry, 'The Light the Dead See,' and I went crazy over it-- it changed my life a little. I was reading some biographical notes on Stanford and learned that he'd committed suicide in the early 80's at age 30-- he shot himself three times in the heart. That image really stuck with me. So I used images from his poems and his life: that he was adopted, that he left his wife behind..." - Amy Ray
    n1a2m3eon May 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've read a poem by Frank Standford called 'The Battlefield where the Moon Says I Love You'. It's a fifteen thousand line behemoth with no breaks and no punctuation, and it's probably the darkest stuff I've ever read. The exerpt on the back of the tome reads:

    im not going anywhere
    ill just bleed so the stars have something dark
    to shine in

    The poem, along with Stanford's other work, is riddled with allusions to death and loss; I would suggest anyone to read any of his writings if you can find it
    EZEebson August 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think everyone really needs to start remembering that this site is not for LITERAL translation or even about the intent of the artists; it's about what the song personally means to you, and how you percieve and dissect it.

    Anyway, I agree that this song is beautiful, and one of my favorite by the indigo girls. To me, it's about freedom, crime, and free will.
    harasme1012on March 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this is an incredibly beautiful song about Jesus. The humanity it brings to him and the questions it asks are very thought provoking.
    Makahikion December 30, 2006   Link

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