"The Mountain" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
I was born in a forked-tongued story,
Raised up by merchants and drugstore liars.
Now I walk on the paths of glory,
One foot in ice, one in fire.

I see the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Some poor prophet comes, some find solace,
Some lay him down in a junkyard bay.
Some will chase us and some will call us,
Gone, gone, gone in a day.

Gone to the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Miller take me and miller grind me,
Scatter by bones on the wild green tide.
Maybe some roving bird will find me,
Over the water we'll ride.

Over the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Some build temples and some find altars,
Some come in tall hats and robes spun fine.
Some in rags, some in gemstone halters,
Some push the pegs back in line.

I see the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.


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"The Mountain" as written by Simon Carter

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, DAVID ROBERT CARTER

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    General Comment1. There is Sumerian in the background. This alone qualifies Dave Carter for deification.

    2. Remember the nursery rhyme "Some in rags and some in jags and one in a velvet gown"? I love the rhythm of that and that it was used in this song.

    3. Dave Carter's melding of old world and new world (a theme running through many of his songs) merchants vs. drugstores, mountains vs. junkyards
    mercyonmeon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"The Mountain" was written after a dream Dave had... He was standing on a mountain, trying to catch an eagle, but he couldn't... When he woke up, he realized -- and, if you know Dave Carter's work, this isn't a stretch -- that the eagle was "grace", a thing he was trying to obtain... But the mountain beneath him was true grace, that upon which every single person stands. No path, no alteration, no amount of building or destruction or preaching will bring you closer to something fundamental to us all.
    SparkandMercuryon April 01, 2006   Link

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