"The Life Pursuit" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/kildea....
What do you do when hope is all but gone?
You need a brother to lean on
But your brother's gone
Your sister's in the wrong part of town
I took a walk to remember ecstasy
It's not today, not even yesterday

Songs of praise all very well
Their voices swell
They tug at sadness
Like love tugging at your sleeve
Is it worth the pain
To walk into the void again?
In your darkest hour he is the tiniest light

Light that's found beyond your present situation
And it's wide and it's broad, beyond all estimation

Is your belly fat, is your man a twat?
Do in-growing hairs provide you with strange fascination?
The highlight of your day is plucking all the roots away
You took a walk to remember ecstasy
It's not today, not even yesterday

In your darkest hour he is the tiniest light
The smallest of sparks
He's a tinderbox, he's a flaming torch
Pinch your self quite hard, in a place that hurts
If it doesn't work, ask your friend to comply
And if they hit the spot
You can let yourself cry
And when the teardrops stop, I will take you for a drive
I'll explain all I know about the spiritual side

Life that's found beyond your present situation
And it's wide and it's broad, beyond all estimation


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    General Commentfavorite
    stephanion May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo great, So hard to find.
    juanheloon December 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song fills me with hope even though I'm not a believer.
    juanheloon August 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentCould anyone provide the last two lines of the lyrics?
    The are repeated twice, and the second time he definitely says something about "destination", it's not "beyond all estimation", I just can't make out what the words really are.
    Saunderson August 26, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"And it's wide and it's broad, so state your destination" -

    please correct me if I'm wrong)
    Saunderson February 06, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a great belle and Sebastian song. The ‘He’ is the Christian God. The song taps into the Christian concept of magnification; it’s the idea that although God is infinant, He can seem obscured and small in this life. One of the jobs of the Christian is to magnify God like a telescope magnifies an image of a distant galaxy and makes it begin to appear as Big as it really is. So Stuart is singing this song to a lady who is having a rough trot in life and saying that if you look to Jesus, you might find that he offers what appears to be a tiny bit of hope. If you keep looking you will find that life is really part of an eternal reality and Jesus is both the focus of that reality and the key to that reality. If you’re not a Christian it will look like folly but once you’re in, you’ll never want to look back.
    Cavebelleon March 18, 2018   Link

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