when all the numbers swim together
and all the shadows settle
when doors forced open shut again
a flytrap and a petal

my eyes burn and claws rush to fill them
and in the morning after the night
i fall in love with the light
it is so clear i realize
that here at last i have my eyes

when all the figures sound retreat
the soft skin starts to shrivel
when dreams made real become less sweet
the orchid and the metal

my sex turns and claws rush to spill them
but in the morning after the night
i fall in love with the light
it is so pure i can't arise
without the fear of secret lies

when all the characters full size
and every moon is level
when all the spirits burn in lies
as center grief by steel

my eyes burn and claws rush to fill them
but in the morning after the night
i fall in love with the light
it is so clear i realize
and now at last i have my eyes


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    General CommentWhy no commentary? Come on, there's got to be at least one PTV fan here!

    Nightmares fading a daybreak as others appear, I suppose. Has a very occult air about it. Beautiful, amazing song, though. Very "Sunday Morning"-ish, on several levels.
    Cynothoglyson January 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome, but what's the story behind Cold Steel, the one that pretty much is the same exact song?
    jkevinfon March 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGenesis said in a radio interview that the song is about him and his girl piercing their genitals.
    GOPon May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the science fiction book "Dhalgren" by Samuel R. Delaney...
    djunaon February 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell, what that other guy heard in an interview is obviously probably right... this however, is my take.

    Genesis studied magic under Brion Gysin, who was friends with William S. Burroughs (author of Naked Lunch). I think this is where he got "claws rush to fill them" since crab-like creatures are one of Burroughs' favorite characters. Especially the mention of his sex, this also reminds me of Burroughs' style.

    The day after the night, the dark night of the soul? The period in which people who study magic start to doubt it. Which is then followed by something but I can't remember, although I'll bet it has to do with light.

    I think it's about enlightenment, and the magical teachings of Gysin/Burroughs.
    dublecruxon June 17, 2008   Link

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