Now I have your shoes
Today I wear your old black shirt
I have the things that I gave to you
But soon I’ll be ready to give them back
Come and get them

Shale-skin, salt-crown, slate-feather, corpse-down
Stone-blood, flesh-bane, life-bone, death-vein, salt-crown

Face the sunrise with eyes made of light
Swallow the early song with eardrums made of the first sound
Break the soft young earth with limbs made of the oldest stone

Through our watery eyes, stone watches itself standing
Alone, forever, against the flickering sky
Through our watery mouths, stone calls itself by a new name
Bones of the earth. Stone
The bones call the stone by name,
Crying, “Come, old mother, and cover me.”
The stone shows the bones the way of the silent, lifeless salt crown
The bones call the bones of the earth by name
Crying, “Come, old mother’s father, and bury me.”
The stone shows the bones the way of the
Ageless, deathless salt crown

Now you’ve gone back in
And I’ll stay out with your bones, burned and ground to sand
Keep watch with the faces you made with your hands
But soon I’ll be ready… no I’m not ready to give them back
Come, oh come and get them

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    General Commentone of the most beautiful musical pieces ever composed.


    i can;t believe there's no comments.

    in one of their shows nils said: "this song is about the wearing of a salt crown"
    polyorchison May 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with polyorchis. Also the song after this on the album, The Only Dance, is also quite beautiful.
    Toltekon June 12, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretationi believe this song is an homage to Nyls' brother Per in the respect of aging after death. When a Stone progresses (or ages) it grows an anionic polymerization of oxiranes and cyclic siloxanes initiated with Potassium Salt-Crowns, from what i gather it's kind of like the same way you can tell how old a Tree is by counting it's rings. Per Committed suicide a while back (i think 2000 or 2001)and they actually still use some of his artwork, to this day, i love the line

    "keep watch with the faces that you made with your hands"

    you can really tell that this song is one of the more emotionally driven tracks on the album, which is really saying something cause this CD is the most emotional CD they have put out in their ever extending catalog.

    keep up the good work.
    Giraffetuson March 09, 2009   Link

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