He's the only son to be born in the widow's house
The only son to be born in the widow's house
The only son to be born
In a house so torn
He's the only son to be born in the widow's house
He took his name like a hammer in his hand
He took his name like a hammer in his hand
He took his name in his hand
From a dying man
He took his name like a hammer in his hand
Everywhere that he would go

And he paid once for the deed
He paid twice in his hour of need
One more time for the old church bell
And his daddy died
Before he opened his eyes
And his mother would never tell

Never go out there on your own
Don't you ever go out there on your own
I'm telling you not to go where the wide water flows
Don't you ever go out there on your own
The secret lies in a New Orleans hotel
The secret lies in a New Orleans hotel
The secret lies in a bed
With the covers over its head
The secret lies in a New Orleans hotel
Where the yellow roses grow

And he paid once for the deed
He paid twice in his hour of need
One more time for the old church bell
And his daddy died
Before he opened his eyes
And his mother would never tell

Someday it'll come to you
Like a freight train coming through a heavy mountain rain
You'll know what you're going to do
When you see you're making the very same mistake

You'll pay once for the deed
You'll pay twice in your hour of need
One more time for the old chuch bell
And your daddy died
Before you opened your eyes
And your mother would never tell


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    General CommentWHAT DOES THIS MEAN :( :( :(
    zach99998on June 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis took me a few minutes to figure out, but generally the song seems to be a warning about following in the footsteps and repeating the mistakes of one's father.

    Then, it hit me... I think this song is about Jeff Buckley (at least loosely based upon the circumstances of his birth, life, and death). The line, "I'm telling you not to go where the wide water flows," was the big giveaway.

    I looked up his bio on wikipedia and many of the details fit with the song, such as taking his father's family name ("like a hammer in his hand") and the fact that there's some speculation that both father and son died from drug ODs. The church bell ringing could be signifying a funeral. I have no idea what the New Orleans hotel is about. Maybe it could be connected to Tim Buckley (Jeff's father?). I don't know enough about either of them to say for certain.

    I'm sure Jay Clifford has been inspired by Buckley as he often sings Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" during concerts which Buckley popularized and Jump was moving into the world of rock at about the same time Buckley became a star.

    I'd be curious to know if anyone has heard the story behind the song at a Jump show. I could be dead wrong here.

    Here's the wikipedia article:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    robesonon January 10, 2007   Link

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