the tents go up
as i go down
down to the flats and into the sound
the closer i get to the city
the further i am from memory
in the green grass looking up
for the words of the angry sun
'noone' when he says 'noone'
yeah he means 'noone'
noone
noone will survive
ash wednesday alive
no soldier no lover
no father no mother
not a lonely child
in the up and in the bedroom
a black and white of the bride and the groon
will bring me to my knees
with the colorized bad dream
that takes its place on
ash wednesday

white noise and love
will be my only drug
on this day nine
suns away
from that sad sad saturday
when fire my friend
fire my villian
you take away yesterday
to give to me today
when nothing's free no now it's
ash wednesday

so each day is ash wednesday
all this life is ash wednesday

all the doors are shut
and the windows barely opened up
the fires all around
it's the ending of the drought
and we are ready now
for tear gas clouds
on my mind
come on fill the house
finally and weep
for it's king and queen sleep
both now
in the arms of
ash wednesday
ash wednesday


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    General Comment"No one" is not one word.
    Ameaton March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the lyrics... this song is truly heartbreaking.
    deemacgeeon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much and had a vague knowledge of perkins's sad history, so i did a little stalking. as probably already known, this song is clearly an homage to his mother and father's passing. clarification for those who aren't familiar though:

    "ash wednesday" must be, at least in part, a reference to the wednesday after 9/11, on which perkins' mother died. i'm sure perkins is evoking both the symbolic/religious connotations and the literal encompassing ashes of the day after. "fire" and "tear gas clouds," while symbolic, are also literaly references to this day, i'm thinking.

    "on this day nine
    suns away
    from that sad sad saturday"
    in a twist of the bizarre and the sad, perkins' mother passed away a day before the ninth anniversary of his father's death. his father, anthony perkins, passed away on saturday, sept. 12, 1992. so, logically, this song is written from the perspective of the day after his mother's passing, on the ninth anniversary of his father's passing....

    "king and queen" and "bride and groom" and "yesterday and today" are all references to his mother and father, i suppose.

    certainly, there are deeper connotations to everything in this song with heavy symbolism, but this is certainly the context i think.

    crushing, isn't it. and to craft something so incredibly moving and potent and beautiful out of it all.
    iwasastoneon January 22, 2008   Link

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