"A Hand To Take Hold Of The Scene" as written by and Will Robinson Sheff....
I'm the band in a show
?Bout a man holding hands with his wife
On a therapist couch with his face to the ground
After fucking around countless nights

And there's this one episode
Close-up cameras were showing him crying
His red head and his red eyes

I'm the band in a show
?Bout a boy being buried alive
From his head to his toes by a criminal
But with a sensitive soul, with a set of raccoon eyes

And there's this scene in the show
When a hustler knows he's gonna die
The ground opens and he climbs inside

And as he speaks his last line
A thought falls from his mind
And I pick it up and write it through the TV
Oh, oh, is there a hand to take hold of the scene?

I'm a man in a dream
And they're dancing in front of my eyes
Is the queen informed of the flaws
With the eyes all got odd and rumpled into her spine

She rises up like a young group from a heart
Like a claw splits apart like a jaw, like an eye
And she asks me with a sigh

We were so far from right
We were using the fight
We were letting the light weaken it's beam
Oh, oh, is there a hand to take hold of the scene?

I wanted to smile like a glistening shot of a kiss
That's as sharp as a knife, the day expires
In the dry, cracked, trembling lips [Incomprehensible]
But this gets inside
I lift them up to you, I'd like to bear witness to

Our life that is fine
And is filling the cryingest eyes
Gracing each face that is making the waste
That is broken as one's fairly fly

Love that is in us
Of that ol' cynical covetest, cancerous vibe
And a beauty that annihilates all life

Like it's lived in these nights, holding your hatred tight
Like a sign that should [Incomprehensible] you strong
When the doors are shut tight, I will dream you tonight
And my dream will just sweep you along

When all the fires are fanned
We'll shout you our plans
We're too weak to stand on our two feet
Oh, oh, is there a hand to take hold of the scene?

Lyrics submitted by smileforthecamera, edited by abunaiYo!

"A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene" as written by Will Robinson Sheff


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  • +1
    General CommentA few corrections:
    "She rises up like a YAWN, GRIPS MY HEART like a claw, splits apart like a jaw, like an eye"

    "We were losing the fight"

    "When all the fires are fanned, and WE'RE SHUCKING our plans"
    proposalson July 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the dry, cracked, trembling lips [...?] but this gets inside -> In the dry, cracked trembling lips God saw fit to put this kiss inside.
    jeconneron July 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Love that is in us, of that ol' cynical covetest, cancerous vibe"
    should be corrected to
    "Love that is innocent of that old covetous, cancerous vibe."
    jakelearon July 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso, I belive "Like a sign that should [...?] you strong"
    is "like a sign that you're right and you're strong"
    jakelearon July 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Always fucking around countless nights" should be changed to "after fucking around countless nights."
    mrklaron September 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthis face to the GROUND

    see their official website for the lyrics. this place is riddled with errors
    w3stfa11on January 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnerve.com/screeningroom/music/okkervilriver/

    "A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene" describes the television shows where our music has been used on TV. I mean, there's only two. It was Breaking Bonaduce, which is a show I never saw. And then Cold Case, which I watched with my family. The show was about some kind of demented guy who buries men alive, and he goes out and picks up a male prostitute and buries him in the rocks, and then our music comes on.
    w3stfa11on March 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere is a great version of this song, I just love it: vimeo.com/…
    SheepNutzon September 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSheff is a brilliant lyricist, and this song is a testament to that fact. It seems like he's entwining different stories he's read or seen on TV and relaying them to the band's style (or perhaps just for a given tune - maybe a hint at his muse?).

    Here's the video to this tune if anyone's interested - it's probably one of their biggest budget to date and sounds like pure bliss.

    Link: youtube.com/…
    orionziteon August 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the pace of this song.
    fedorkmeon June 28, 2007   Link

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