I found an old rock
in the dry dirt outside
the door of my hotel room,
it was a triangle with soft rounded edges
and a split down the middle of one corner,
it was darker than English moss,
green like the soft frills of a peacock's plume.
I waited for you
but I never told you where I was.

It was you who taught me how
to write these kind of equations,
I waited on the steps for you,
and I hid in the bushes
whenever a car pulled into the parking lot.
You taught me how to listen to these
distant stations.
Distant stations.

I saw the sky break
I threw a rock at a crow
who was playing in the mulch
of the rose bushes by the motel office,
missed him by a good yard
or two.
I sang old songs from nowhere,
Los Angeles,
Albuquerque.
Said a small prayer for the poor
and the naked and the hungry,
and I prayed real hard for you.
I waited for you
but I never told you where I was.
It was you who taught me how
to write this kind of equation,
I waited on the steps for you
and I hid in the bushes
whenever I saw a car pull into the parking lot.
You taught me how to listen to these
distant stations.
Distant stations.


Lyrics submitted by fuckedupdog, edited by haruki, StephaniDFTBA

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  • +2
    General CommentI think its about waiting for someone you want to see, so you can pretend the meeting happened by chance.
    xcatson March 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about hamm radio. don't you agree?

    :)
    kozmikon February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i threw a rock at a crow
    who was playing in the mulch
    of the rose bushes by the motel office"

    In one breath. How? He's no Eleanor Friedberger but still come on, I can't even get close to singing along to that.
    Filipon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this one. of his newer stuff, it's one of my favorites...

    to me, it's about what it's like to have lived many different places, and to miss the lives you had,and the people in them. you feel lost, and not grounded in place or time, and you want those people in your life, but you don't, too, in many ways, for as many reasons as there are people. "i sang old songs from nowhere. los angeles, albuquerque. i said a small prayer for the poor and the naked and the hungry and i prayed real hard for you..." sigh.
    noondayon September 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I waited for you, But I never told you where I was" always breaks my heart. It makes me think of loving a person a whole lot but being unable to tell them and just hoping that they figure it out themselves.
    thegreengeckoon February 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentCould this be the person who sends the postcards to the guy in Austin in Source Decay? "I waited for you but I never told you where I was...:
    aristotelianon September 30, 2016   Link

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