I listened to your taped
epistle to Rachel
stamped and dated,
Now I know you were really alive
in nineteen seventy one.
(fall saddles)
You carried God
like a bouquet of balloons,
Yoshua whispered in your ear
your next move...
"Go on, get on that train."
In your clay faced youth
the rubber upper lip
sounds out
a bold pen sketch.
Were you talking about
your dad when you said,
"Your fisted language still affects my style.
Although I sometimes catch your
visions like a child."

Do you still pray about me
in your quiet time,
Cast out soft-core demons
when I come back home,
Let some Nashville fake
record your demo tapes?
When I'm waiting at a train
station or a bus stop.
I also play "led by the lord day"
in my own way.

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  • +5
    General CommentFrom an interview with him :
    This song is written to my dad. When I was 13 he gave me this tape he had just found in the closet. “Listen to these songs I recorded when I was 18.” They were really fucking dope. When I moved to California I took the tape with me. And I found that past the songs, there’s this letter to my mom. She had broken up with him and moved to Kansas City, and he had just found God in the Jesus Freak movement. He sent her this recorded letter, so that’s his voice cut up on my song. “Your fisted language still affects my style, though I still catch your visions like a child.” That was from one of his songs. Somebody says his voice sounds like Jerry Garcia, but I don’t know if that’s the case since I never listened to the Dead and he never did either. Our relationship has always been a little weird because he has that basis of spirituality; he’s a messianic rabbi—Jews who believe in Jesus. Holidays are quite a mix of things: speaking in tongues and doing Passover dinner.
    KingJelleon July 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthanks for the interview, that's really cool

    I think it's perfect when the "Do you still pray about me..." bit kicks in
    TheTreefingerson March 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what this song means? It's one of my favorites.
    xcalifornicationxon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit would make more sense if it were "yeshua whispered in your ear" and not "yoshua".
    andcuriouseron July 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's a really cool story. This song is that much better now that I know that.
    Coowon January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat is really interesting, especially when you consider the way "Fall Saddles" sounds like "False Idols" when he says it.
    james85on January 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthank you for the interview!
    but does anyone have the slightest idea what his dad says in the very beginning of the song??
    I've tried to hear it, but its extremely muffled.
    Whale Boneson June 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould why be any better? don't think so. I love this song.
    Kaytee531on May 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou carried god like a bouquet of balloons, yoshua whispered in your ear, your next move.... yoni is such an amazing poet and songwriter.
    fallsaddleson September 08, 2010   Link

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