"Stop Singing" as written by and Phillip Whitman Elvrum....
The possibility that if I stopped clapping
My hands in the void
I would notice that I can't hold on to things
And
The possibility that if I stopped using my voice
I would notice songs that, all around me, sing
Looms in weather
Lives buried in my days
With all my songs and rhythms going like
The darkness surrounding a flame
It's what I don't say with my mouth
It's my mouth open
To breathe in
It's open windows
Still, I go on and on describing the shape
Around the thing I want to but can not name
In song
And, though my long life feels busy
And full of usefulness and drive
I will sleep through every single dawn
And those I see I will not understand though I try
I will sing through every single song
About the spaces left when we stop singing
And I will sing this
With longing


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"Stop Singing" as written by Phillip Whitman Elvrum

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    General CommentI love how this echoes 2 lakes before it. and the imagery. and how the whole album is all about silence as opposed to music and the sounds of everyday life.
    floydeyeon June 20, 2007   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe possibility that if I stopped clapping my hands in the void
    I would notice that I can't hold on to things
    And the possibility that if I stopped bellowing my voice in the void
    I would notice songs that, all around me, sing

    Looms in weather
    Lives buried in my days
    With all my songs and rhythms going
    Like the darkness surrounding a flame

    It's what I don't say with my mouth
    It's my mouth opening to breathe in
    It's the open windows in the wall
    Still I go on and on describing the shape
    Around the thing I want to but can not name

    I go on and on in song after song, after song, after song
    And though my long life feels busy
    And full of usefulness and drive
    I will sleep through every single dawn
    And those I see I will not really comprehend

    And I will sing through every single song
    About the spaces left when we stop singing
    And I will do this with longing
    danes22on May 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is brilliant
    TheWrongGirlon July 26, 2011   Link

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