The floor you walk on is smooth. There is no ground there.
Magic begins with blood. Outside, there are trees,
With concrete under their roots. But I have passed the tombs of kings,
Regaled them with pacing, checked bins for food and wrappings.
I have scoured the seas for miles, cloaked my face with ash.
My fingertips opening, accepting my time.

The dark cylinders of half-smoked cigarettes
For me, I’m your sorrow
Calling in your dreams
For me, I’m your shadow
Howling in the streets

Tomorrow, I will walk the streets
And steel myself for the familiar. Your eyes
Will not settle, a hunger. You’d be happier in your grave.
When we meet, share stories, you stretch me. I see,
I see a semi-circle of teeth.

The dark cylinders of half-smoked cigarettes
For me, I’m your sorrow
Calling in your dreams
For me, I’m your shadow
Howling in the streets


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    General Commentlove the deep undertones, the whispering style of the vocal...

    : smoke rising, curling... slowly filling ones field of vision... a rainstorm on a evening in the city... the mellow high of meeting someone... or walking away from all the commotion... :

    thats my take.

    ps - 'cant wait' for the miami-vice comments to kick in (as this was a great track before it went bigtime public on the soundtrack for such a wonderful and below-the-radar-awesome group
    recordstyleon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentafter the first chorus there is a verse before the "Tomorrow I will walk the streets...."

    And it is,

    "Water chimes in the space between rocks,
    Speakers discharge and laughter is in the air,
    Glass divides us, empty bottles mark the steady sweep of day"

    and if anyone has an explaination for the first paragraph or verse or whatever it's called, I'd appreciate it.... I'm curious, like George and funny like no one
    arbok 80on April 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbest song ever
    Narayanon September 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SONG.
    it's so sadistic and chilling.
    joshphilippion May 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationFor me it sounds very much like the point of view of a literal vampire-

    "magic begins with blood" -their supernatural powers stem from drinking blood

    "But I have passed the tombs of kings"- an immortal speaking of his vast timespan on the earth

    "Your eyes Will not settle, a hunger. You'd be happier in your grave." -speaking of the onset of the insatiable bloodlust

    "I see a semi-circle of teeth." -just sounds very vamp-ish to me

    Maybe it's vampires, seem to be popular these days, who knows.
    Stider49on July 29, 2012   Link

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