In the ulcerating silence
perspective comes
the way it always does-for it's random
so randomly...somebody calls...
the phone rings and it brings Niagara Falls
and 3 o'clock in the morning
"'You'd better be dyin'-and you were
-So we talked about time
and where it went,
unremarkable events,
and how one day took two days
and they got spent.
how you'd continue, carefull, in degrees
trying to do one true beautiful thing

and your beautiful thing
it'd be
a beautiful thing
to see
that beautiful thing
continuing

'I don't live there, I just commute'
secretly cradling a joint and I might puke.
a-fumble with the keys, under duress
the point is, this is, practise duress
at 3 o'clock in the morning-
'you'd better be dying'- and you were
-so we talked about things and where they went
big remarkable events
and how each day's a new day
and they get spent
how you'd continue, artfully, like the breeze
trying to do one true beautiful thing

your beautiful thing
it'd be
a beautiful thing
to see
that beautiful thing
continuing
your beautiful thing
continuing

your beautiful thing
will be
a beautiful thing
to me
a beautiful thing
continuing
your beautiful thing
continuing



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    General CommentAn old friend calls from out of the blue in the middle of the night to explain he's dying of cancer (an assumption based on the smoking of the joint -- to increase appetite -- and the possibility of vomiting due to chemotherapy). The rest of the night is spent talking about the past, perhaps about how the friend always wanted to do something remarkable, something beautiful, but will never have the chance. But the response is that the beautiful thing might be in surviving rather than giving up.
    HipAnonon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, I believe the second refrain is 'artifully like the Greeks'.

    I personally think that this song is just about purpose in life. I get the sense from this song that it's like everyone was put here on life to do one beautiful thing- and wouldn't it be great if everyone's one beautiful thing outlived them?
    _biggreenmonkey_on June 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is "artfully like the breeze". No question.
    StolenShadowson October 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentno, it is "artfully like the breeze"...the hip has all their lyrics on their website...

    I totally agree with HipAnon on this one....
    amacdonaldon November 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfirst guy pretty much nailed it. love the line "you better be dyin, and you were so we talked"
    Hetter27on December 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else think of this song everytime they see the harveys commercial? "harveys makes your hamburger a beautiful thing"
    Hiplove24on July 19, 2009   Link

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