Trouble has caused me so much grief.
I am waiting for when I can go home.
Time when the room was closer than my friends
And I can get some shooting done.

But then I hear a footstep on the stairs
The whole thing shatters and I scream
Out your name
And you come running.
Oh, it is always the same.

Time passes and the room goes dark.
I expect to see your figure standing naked over me
With a mole on your neck and a wry way of holding
Why while the ceiling of my darkened path.

And we mingle our limbs.
I hear all colors.
Well, we swim and we buckle.
And I know
It is the only time to catch it, so.
So, we may as well rest
And let it go.

We’re gonna be joined and the children will love it
All my brothers and my sisters resting holy above it
Let us wallow let us play this is our god’s day.

Let us wallow, let us play, this is our god’s day.


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old jerusalem song meanings
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    General Commentit's: "well we swim and we buckle, and i EMOTE" you can read his lips in the video. from what i gather it sounds like he's remembering what it was like to make love to someone who's no longer around.
    sighlentSCREAMron October 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song reads like a good poem. Will Oldham must surely be one of the best songwriters of his generation.
    duke_mikeon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTrue, these are beautiful lyrics... but they belong with "We All, Us Three, Will Ride."

    These are the lyrics to "Old Jerusalem" from what I can hear.


    Trouble has caused me so much grief.
    I am waiting for when I can go home.
    Time when the room was closer than my friends
    And I can get some shooting done.

    But then I hear a footstep on the stairs
    The whole thing shatters and I scream
    Out your name
    And you come running.
    Oh, it is always the same.

    Time passes and the room goes dark.
    I expect to see your figure standing naked over me
    With a mole on your neck and a wry way of holding
    Why while the ceiling of my darkened path.

    And we mingle our limbs.
    I hear all colors.
    Well, we swim and we buckle.
    And I know
    It is the only time to catch it, so.
    So, we may as well rest
    And let it go.

    We’re gonna be joined and the children will love it
    All my brothers and my sisters resting holy above it
    Let us wallow let us play this is our god’s day.

    Let us wallow, let us play, this is our god’s day.
    pivotalchordon March 20, 2008   Link

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