I have to say something if I want to sing
But it's not about the words
It's my voice rising
To a place far from me
That my fingers can't reach
And my legs are so tired from all this standing
Standing still

All of my dreams are memories
That I can't place to a time or a face
But my body knows
Of the ribbons and bows
That I once was tied in
In my mother's skin
Before and again
Before and again
Before and again


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    General CommentBut my body knows
    Of the ribbons and hose
    That I once was tied in
    In my mother's skin

    Memory of the womb, of birth. This is jaw dropping. Fantastic song.
    couldBanyoneon August 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy absolute favorite.
    ApistatCommanderon December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the combination of acoustic guitar with overtly digital blips in the background.

    It's definitely a song about longing-longing to be somewhere else, to express himself, and the struggle to capture memories. Beyond that, I'm not sure.
    pro-voiceon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanyone else hear a sort of exaggerated kissing noise just after the main melody cuts out?
    pumkinhedon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like how the first verse is all dont in one breath up until the last line of it.
    jackfroston January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "ribbons and bows."
    proposalson May 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's really a lovely song. Almost a lullaby at first, then shifting to something altogether more interesting.
    pumkinhedon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm going on thinking Akron Family in a religious way... I am sorry for that, maybe it's because it's the subject matter I'm thinking of the most in the last days. anyways. I see "before and again" like the circle of reincarnation: "All of my dreams are memories That I can't place to a time or a face But my body knows". I was someone else in the past life that now all the memories of that past life appear in dreams and I cannot distinguish them from reality. by the way, which reality?

    i love this song. i love Akron Family.
    livsforlovon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentproposals is right, it's ribbons and bows- says so in the cd jacket

    what an amazing song and voice
    ylliton April 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    MemoryDriving around in the cold, cigarettes and silence. Enveloped by this song.
    paradisewidowson November 24, 2008   Link

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