"I See A Darkness" as written by and Will Oldham....
Well, you're my friend
And can you see
Many times we've been out drinking
Many times we've shared our thoughts
But did you ever, ever notice
The kind of thoughts I got?
Well, you know I have a love
A love for everyone I know
And you know I have a drive
To live, I won't let go
But can you see this opposition
Comes rising up sometimes?
That it's dreadful imposition
Comes blacking in my mind

And then I see a darkness
And then I see a darkness
And then I see a darkness
And then I see a darkness
Did you know how much I love you?
Is a hope that somehow you
Can save me from this darkness

Well, I hope that someday, buddy
We have peace in our lives
Together or apart
Alone or with our wives
And we can stop our whoring
And pull the smiles inside
And light it up forever
And never go to sleep
My best unbeaten brother
This isn't all I see

Oh no, I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
Did you know how much I love you?
Is a hope that somehow you
Can save me from this darkness


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"I See a Darkness" as written by Will Oldham

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    General CommentI can relate to this song - it's about having some good friends, but at the same time, having a dark side to yourself. You see it eating away at you, maybe it's a deep depression, maybe it's a dark rage or anger problem. But you find yourself hoping your friends and family can save you, because you know you cannot save yourself.
    jimboa18on June 18, 2007   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionLyrics are incorrect here and there. I assume these are copied from the original.

    Well, you're my friend and can you see,
    Many times we've been out drinkin',
    Many times we've shared our thoughts,
    But did you ever, ever notice, the kind of thoughts I got?

    Well, you know I have a love, a love for everyone I know.
    And you know I have a drive to live, I won't let go.
    But can you see this opposition comes rising up sometimes?
    That it's dreadful imposition, comes blacking in my mind.

    And that I see a darkness.
    And that I see a darkness.
    And that I see a darkness.
    Did you know how much I love you?
    Is a hope that somehow you,
    Can save me from this darkness.

    Well, I hope that someday, buddy, we have peace in our lives.
    Together or apart, alone or with our wives.
    And we can stop our whoring and pull the smiles inside.
    And light it up forever and never go to sleep.
    My best unbeaten brother, this isn't all I see.

    Oh, no, I see a darkness.
    Oh, no, I see a darkness.
    Oh, no, I see a darkness.
    Oh, no, I see a darkness.
    Did you know how much I love you?
    Is a hope that somehow you,
    Can save me from this darkness.
    rotinhellorgon November 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBonnie 'Prince' Billy cover...

    meaning couldn't be much more forward. its about depression and friendship, and helping friends to get through hard times
    crippledmcgimpon June 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song and Johnny Cash has a great voice. Its obviously about having dark thoughts/ depression but trying to look to the future
    Gremlin666on August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe very meaning of true friendship.
    Everyone has their secret "dark side" that even those closest to you may not know about... but a true friend will not let you succumb to it.
    Das Boeseon January 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjimboa i can also relate, this is my current life no one knows me at all
    Hanny64on February 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI must mention that "I see a darkness" was written by Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'prince' Billy.) Great artist! Even so great that Cash himself covered him.

    I feel that this song is well accompanied with another text, written by the mother of the late; great singer/songwriter Nick Drake.



    The Shell (A Skin Too Few)

    Living grows round us like a skin
    to shut away the outer desolation
    For if we clearly mark the furthest deep
    we should be dead long years before the grave.
    But turning around within the homely shell
    of worry discontent and narrow joy
    we grow and flourish and rarely see the
    outside dark that would confound our eyes
    some break the shell…
    I think that there are those who push their
    fingers through the brittle walls and
    make a hole…and through this cruel
    slit stare out across the cinders of the
    world with naked eyes they look both out and end,
    knowing themselves and too much else beside.
    Untunedon May 15, 2013   Link

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