With the grace of a corpse
In a riptide
I let go
And I slide slide slide
Downriver
With an empty case by my side
An empty case
That’s my crime

And I sing (Say Valley Maker)
To keep from cursing
Yes I sing (Say Valley Maker)
To keep from cursing

River Oh
River End
River Oh
River End
River Go
River Bend

Take me through the sweet valley
Where your heart blooms
Take me through the sweet valley
Where your heart is covered in dew

And when the river dries
Will you bury me in wood
Where the river dries
Will you bury me in stone

Oh I never really realized
Death is what it meant
To make it on my own

Because there is no love
Where there is no obstacle
And there is no love
Where there is no bramble
There is no love
On the hacked away plateau
And there is no love
In the unerring
And there is no love
On the one true path

Oh I cantered out here
Now I’m galloping back

So bury me in wood
And I will splinter
Bury me in stone
And I will quake
Bury me in water
And I will geyser
Bury me in fire
And I’m gonna phoenix

I’m gonna phoenix


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    General CommentAn empty case
    That’s my crime

    touches a nerve, for feelings like youve not lived a full life, or have been plodding along without living, the song then becomes really inspirational and motivational.

    And there is no love
    Where there is no bramble

    basically says anything worth having isnt easy,
    benjybobson March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm gonna phoenix!!! --- I can't believe how awesome that part is. It's strange how boring and flat his "talk-singing" might seem at first, but it is really quite moving. Moving! AH!
    ieatseedson August 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHe is simply one of the best songwriters about! His use of language and imagery is rarely matched.

    "There is no love/on the hacked away plateau

    Bury me in water
    And I will geyser
    Bury me in fire
    And I’m gonna phoenix"
    atamataon October 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentagain the songwriting is just absolutely murderous. 'with the grace of a corpse, in a rip tide...." it seems a bit morbid at first, but really it's beautiful. and it kills me when he says 'i cantered out here, and now im galloping.,.... bacl" the music actually starts to gallop as well and i can see myself being on the ege of desperation, feeling like i'm at the end of my pitiful rope...and then, all triumphant, i come back, smiling, realizing all is not lost...........
    ieatseedson January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me shiver every time.

    Because there is no love
    Where there is no obstacle

    truer words were never said.

    perfect.
    EvelynMaron October 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand i sing 'say valley maker' to keep from cursing.
    ThunderDownCountryon October 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCan an anglish speaking person explain what "an hacked away plateau" means please ?
    malluneon December 17, 2011   Link

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