I take your hand
We walk towards where the roses once grew

I lie back in the grass and dream of how it once was
The rubbish-strewn streets
Ripe-rising smell of gutters and rain
The children abandoned
Mother recalls child in pool
What is that that lies? deadchilddead
I have such nightmares and you're all in all of them
It's worse than you or I can ever know

On the edge of the clouds we crouch
We smile and spit
The pool of saliva corruscates below our feet
It shifts
Children with knives begin to rise from it
They laugh and blow kisses at the moon

We think it's the rain
I see a bird move onto the table in my garden
Its beak scoops up the seeds
The green of the grass and the blue of the sky
Are immense and terrifying
Everything seems so close
So very very close
Should a storm come
Should a storm break and halo all around us
As some savage and blind god
Jerking his hands out to us
The birds drop all around us

I walk into the altar room
All the buddhas are smashed there
Avalokitesvara's hundred faces lie shattered
I have done this
I walk to the makeshift redbrick altar a hundred years ago
There is a small brass image there
I have built this
The red and black ants mill around
Unknown journeys
I take my lighter and torch them
I take my lighter and torch them
I weep, I weep
The ants scatter or writhe
I take my lighter and torch them torch them
I have done this
I am surrounded by butterflies
The child's legs lay smashed
Please pray for him, she says to me
Too late
Alas, oh so too late

I see the twinkling stars
I drop a photograph
I bend to pick it up
My heart leaps as I see your face
Stare up at me from the paper
As if still alive on this earth
When I return my eyes to the stars
They gather
They pucker
And are blind
And are blind

So lost are we
Oh what have I become
I have become that I hate
I have become that I shall say no

The bird is dead now alas

A voice whispers to me
And says nothing nothing
There is nothing

I look to my right and see her face again
And again the world disappears

And all fall down
All fall down
All fall down I all fall down
All fall down I all fall down
We all fall down
We all fall down


Lyrics submitted by protestante, edited by voskat

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    General CommentThis song is sort of a companion to Thomas Ligotti's disturbing story of the same title. It seems to be from the point of view of John Doe in the story. Fits his distorted world... World-view?
    Cynothoglyson August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt does seem to be about one of John Doe's frolicks, excepting the stanza about Avalokitesvara which seems to be about David renouncing Buddhism. And also perhaps the stanzas dealing with the birds and their deaths, which seem very revelations or perhaps TS Eliotesque. I think a lot of things are happening at once in this song, the narrative is jumping between different viewpoints. A very beautiful and horrifying song.
    emueyeson September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, think about his descriptions of the aforementioned perverse wonderland. He doesn't remember doing anything horrible in human terms. So, a broken idol wouldn't seem too unusual... Though your explaination makes a good deal of sense.
    Cynothoglyson September 07, 2006   Link

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