Absolve, absolve, absolve…
We spent the better part of a day waiting for the wave to hit our side of
town. It didn’t.
Absolve, absolve, absolve…
I wash my hands of the stuff of legends.
And what news of the horizon?
I hear it’s all just a horizontal myth so stop your cruising, start your
criticizing!
Or indulge yourself for once - feel medium between them.
And goddamn your eyes.
They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
And goddamn your eyes.
They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
See them sporting those eagle iron-ons you made me swear never to wear.
Why did you spend the 90’s cowering (why did you spend the 90’s cowering)?
And they’re singing those inspirationals you penned back in ‘72.
And the hotels of choice are now toasting your voice, as the spas ring out -
“What’s another word for sacrament?”
The world woke up one day to proclaim - “Thou shalt not take part in, or
make, bad art.”
In these tough tough times friends like mine would rather dash than dine on
the bones of what’s thrown to them…
When a wave of her wand has us back at the pond taking notes for a crooked
underground!
The world woke up one day to proclaim - “Thou shalt not make or take part in
the bad art.”
You see, the Singer sold us out. The Guitarist lost his clout on
Life-Of-The-Mind Day.
When signs become impure again the crowd doesn’t know where or when to let
it all hang out.
Bloodlet yourself, street style!!
You got the spirit.
Don’t lose the feeling.


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    General Commenthow has no one commented on this lovely, lovely song?
    as usual dan bejar has created something lyrically amazing. it's like a great modernist work in the form of a song...
    welcometothemachineon November 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgood god bejar, what are you saying? lol
    jjc886on April 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou got the spirit.
    Don�t lose the feeling.
    isnt that from a joy division song?
    Duckson May 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's a play on a Joy Division lyric. The original lyric (from "Disorder") is "I've got the spirit / but lose the feeling". He turned it into an inspirational coda.
    Whit0685on August 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Why did you spend the 90s cowering?" This part breaks me down into a soup of pain and regret.

    "The world woke up one day to proclaim: 'thou shalt not take part in or make bad art'." This part says that maybe the result of the cowering was best after all or perhaps it explains the cowering.

    "You got the spirit, don't lose the feeling." This part says I was wrong to cower and that there's still time.
    memoryburn7on April 30, 2011   Link

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