I only wanted such a little thing
Only simplicity
And now that I am who I was taught to be
You have abandoned me

But I held so tightly to every word you said
That’s the price of the respect you’ve always demanded
And all those things I’ve gathered through the years
Have no value here

I need to find a place where I can breathe
Somewhere high above this empty wasteland
Where the air is clear
And I need to find it while I still can

In a world like this
How can you wonder at my sadness?

Now I hope for something beautiful
But I feel trapped under your waves of wreckage
And if I can I'd claw my own way through
I fear one day I will be just like you

I need to find a place where i can breathe
Somewhere high above this empty wasteland
Where the air is clear
And I need to find it while I still can

In this land of vacant stars
In the backseats of desperate cars
Single mother topless bars
We yearn for something more
Your sons and your daughters
Are unwilling martyrs
To devils, priests, and other thieves
And their wars and rumors of war
I need a handgun and a hand grenade
To protect me from those who keep me safe
And yet I remember your straight face
Some day this will all be yours

I need to find a place where i can breathe
Somewhere high above this empty wasteland
Where the air is clear
And while I still can

I need to find a place where i can breathe
Somewhere high above this empty wasteland
Where the air is clear
And I need to find it

While I still can
While I still can


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    General Comment"Simplicity" is an important word to Mark Salomon. He uses it in many of his songs, and it's the name of his autobiography. This song seems to be about his search for simplicity in this life, and the tension between that and the pressure to conform to the standards of a corrupt world.
    jpers36on June 30, 2006   Link

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