ja '91
see how
they run

i brought nylons from New York
some had butterflies some had specks
i brought nylons from New York
Hard flat butterflies some had specks

The good news you cannot refuse
The bad news is there is no news

Tonight he'll rise
he'll sell his arms
to anyone who asks about

As-in-the wind
As-in the rain
As-in-as in
As-in-without

oh the Luzerner Zeitung
the Luzerner Zeitung
never sold out
never sold out

Cripple fingers hit the muezzin yells
some had Columbine some had specks
Cripple fingers hit the rounds of shells
some had clinging vine some had specks

The good news you cannot refuse
The bad news is there is no news

Tonight he'll rise
he'll leave his arms
to anyone who asks about

As-in-the tracks
As-in the wrists
As-in-you been
As-in-without

oh the Luzerner Zeitung
the Luzerner Zeitung
never sold out
never sold out

See how it blows
a mile up the road
color of moon
it swirls and collects
unfolding and timbling
up this back road
swirling butterflies swirling flecks

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    General CommentThe Luzerner Zeitung was a Swiss newpaper at the time this album was released. I guess that line might have something to do with media neutrality?
    Appers66on May 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit took me years before it hit me what an unsettling image this is: "cripple fingers hit the rounds of shells / some had clinging vine; some had specks." i think scott's lyrics are probably inspired by nightmares as much as anything else, and they've probably inspired some nightmares in turn.
    bonepaperon June 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is magnificent! powerful! i like to rid emy bike to college listening to this song, i love his voice.
    madredeus16on December 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've heard that this is a response to the Iraq war, but can't quite make sense of that.

    Amazing song though. Possibly my favourite by Scott. It feels like all the similar earlier songs like It's Raining Today, Sleepwalker's Woman and Such a Small Love were just rehearsals for this.
    Flumpon April 04, 2012   Link

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