In a sweater poorly knit, and an unsuspecting smile
Little Moses drifts downstream in the Nile
A fumbling reply -- an awkward, rigid laugh
And I'm carried helpless by my floating basket raft

Your flavor in my mind swings back and forth between sweeter than any wine, and bitter as mustard greens
And it's light and dark as honeydew and pumpernickle bread

The trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead

Go plow some other field and try and forget my name, we'll see what harvest yields, and, supposing I'd do the same
I planted rows of peas, but by the first week of july -- they should have come up to my knees but they were maybe ankle high

Take the fingers from your flute to weave your colored yarns, and boil down your fruit to preserves in mason jars

And the books are overdue and the goats are underfed... the trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead


You're a door-without-a-key, a field-without-a-fence
You made a holy fool of me, and I've thanked you ever since
If she comes circling back, we'll end where we'd begun
Like two pennies on the train track the train crushed into one

Or if I'm a crown without a king, if I'm a broken, open seed
If I come without a thing, I come with all I need
No boat out in the blue, no place to rest your head
The trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead


I
do
not
exist
only
YOU
exist



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    General CommentThe end.. "I do not exist... only You exist..." It's beautiful. I was there when they played it at Cornerstone. We sat there in amazement.
    I think my favorite line, however, is "The trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead."
    Thank you for posting this song, you fail me.
    whatchamacallmeon July 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^^^the version you and everyone has is promotional, so we cannot say for sure that the I Do Not exist" is not on there until a retail version leaks.
    It is very possible that there is a hidden track after this song as well, due to the silence on the promo.

    The rest of what you said is true.
    Knife2aGunFighton September 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese Lyrics are amazing, but I think this song is just A Sweater Poorly Knit

    and I think the backing vocals say
    "Only God Exists" at times as well
    I like teh train tracks line so much.
    Knife2aGunFighton July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it

    you made a holy fool of me, and I backed you ever since

    ?

    kind of like once God pointed out to him his foolishness, his smallness, he followed God ever after.


    I definitely think it's mustard greens. and I'm pretty sure about the fruit in mason jars, too.



    I'm so sad I missed this performance at cornerstone... I have tears and chills from listening to it over and over.
    ariseariseariseon July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh and I just checked teh official tracklisting, I'm sorry it is In a Sweater Porly Knit
    Knife2aGunFighton July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI got to see this song live back in April. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever heard. I cannot wait to hear the new cd and just listen to this song over and over again.
    Despise13on July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's "you made a holy fool of me, and i begged you ever since."

    since the tour with Minus the Bear, i had been dying to hear this song again. the line about pumpkernickle bread had been stuck in my head since that day, but i had no idea how good the "the trap..." line was. that is probably my favorite aaron weiss line of all time.
    backupdorkon August 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt may be Mustard Seeds, although it doesn't sound like it, because they refer to faith being the size of a Mustard seed often in the Bible to describe the faithless. Not sure what that has to do with the song, this man seems to have very much faith. Also I second the baby-ankle line, I keep hearing baby.
    Knife2aGunFighton August 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You made a holy fool of me, and (I bet you ever since?)"

    At purple door you could hear quite audibly that it was:

    You made a holy fool of me and I've thanked you ever since.

    I memorized all the lyrics for the show it was lame. But they played wonderfully.
    Syrosson August 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti've had the cd for a few days now, listened to it at least 15 times.

    i'm pretty sure he's right..."you made a holy fool of me, and i've thanked you ever since."

    also, "bitter as mustard greens" is pretty definitely correct, as is "maybe ankle high"

    also...unfortunately, the "i do not exist" part didnt show up on the cd. it was amazing at Cornerstone, but i guess its something he added later. Hopefully he'll sing that part when I see them Sunday.
    murstangon September 06, 2006   Link

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