[it was too good to last he thought
might as well have been a dream he thought]

lights are out,
phones are dead,
and I'm the only thing thats running in this city.
except for the clouds,
and they're coming down.
if I knew my way around
I wouldn't feel so dizz-ay.

where's telly?
nobody can tell me
I don't speak a lick of that language
and got a slippery memory
if I spelled it all out on my arm
only if
but I didn't
so I think get a grip kid
deal with it

baby's waiting for a ring
won't settle for the substitute excuse that's forming
I got a complicated case of escapism
for her I try to rewire my nature
to tired to wake her up

out of that artificial calm she was on
a drug induced future that slipped out of her palms
seductive rain dancer
she thinks I'm water proof
like superman doesn't need a roof over his head

when I come home to roost
I need truth of holy men
but I'm seeking salvation in a booth
the phones are dead
and the lights are out
and I'm the only thing living in this ghost town
except for the clouds
and then they're coming down
if I knew my way around by now I'd rebound for home

black out on white night in rome
black out on white night in rome

I know that I'm in love
but I know I'm out of touch
and I know that I get dumb when I can sense something's up
and then I bottom out
european tale spins
scrawling messages out on my pale skin
in hopes they get mailed in

before the ink poisoning takes affect
and gets smugged because I bugged before I let paint set
I get jugded by the ones who have shelter and rain checks
while I trugged through the mud
because this foreign terrain's wet

regain conciousness and lose common sense
the ominious dark skies that lie between me and providence are signs
the obivous answer isn't standing on your face with stilletos on
if you pop the question wrong

every song is a post after thought
I won't grab the chalk to outline my body of work
toe tags get caught in my teeth
'cause my foot is in my mouth
and the spurs are in the words
so my tounge can't dismount

even after our rapport had fully run it's course
couldn't figure out the most heroic time to jump from the horse
and place this old hat for the last time on a coat rack
but I'd donate all my earnings from this race to know that

resisting urges to go back and get it later
like the milk wouldn't sour itself in the refridgerator
a wet boy in a dry dry state
on a old country road
where tradition has a blind date

I make it dance on it's own grave tonight
with a change of direction by the pale moonlight
and if it needs theme music
i'll break out the bagpipes
and play a tune that a ghost wrote me in a past life that goes like

black out on white night in rome


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    General Commentthis song sends chills down my back
    *WASTEofPAINT*on August 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe obivous answer isn't standing on your face with stilletos on if you pop the question wrong

    where would i be if i hadn't stumbled upon someone else's path who knew these words would all get along so well..
    *WASTEofPAINT*on August 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. Sage explained this one in a very clear way.
    " A majority of this song was written while seeking shelter in a telephone booth during a brutal thunder storm in Rome during a festivity where business establishments were supposed to stay open all night long. Everything got chaotic when the thunderstorm knocked out all the electricity in the city. Not only was I in the middle of an area I know nothing about, but I didnt have the means to call anyone or ask anyone how to get back to my hotel. So what else are you supposed to do in a predicament like this other than turn the booth into a confessional?" haha :)

    Also, what you hear Jolie Holland singing "are segments from Dante's Inferno. I have no idea if she's pronouncing the words correctly or if we edited it in a way that makes any sense, but I'm sure that my Italian fans will let me know."
    maffy06on February 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know what the man in the intro is from?
    fakebeanson October 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what jolie holland is sayin???? I can't find it anywhere...I know its from dantes inferno but I just want that lil part she says...
    cryssievalanceon February 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the movie K.I.D.S. For those who have seen this film, the references are pretty clear, just consider the intro:

    "lights are out,
    phones are dead,
    and I'm the only thing thats running in this city.
    except for the clouds,
    and they're coming down.
    if I knew my way around
    I wouldn't feel so dizz-ay.

    where's telly?
    nobody can tell me
    I don't speak a lick of that language
    and got a slippery memory"

    This suggest the whole senerio from Jenny's perspective. She is looking for Telly through out the whole movie, constantly moving, and can not seem to locate him. She ends up getting extreamly intoxicated during the pursuit of finding Telly because he infected her with HIV.


    I dunno, i could break down the song, but i think its pretty self explanatory. :-)
    stealinglighton April 08, 2011   Link
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    General Comment[it was too good to last he thought
    might as well have been a dream he thought]

    This part is from the book "The Old Man and The Sea" from Ernest Hemingway.
    kirlisabunon March 30, 2013   Link

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