stop thinking it's okay, things are gonna change
you can't go on like this again
you can't avoid the day
you stole that night away

I heard you singing
I heard you sing
you sang to us
you said hallelujah
how'd we lose a saint ourselves

stop drinking it to waste
things have lost their taste
the light that circled round your face
is gone and now replaced
with a darker tone, a ghoul

I heard you singing
I heard you sing
you sang to us
you said hallelujah
how'd we lose a saint ourselves

are we better on our own
are we better on our own

was I good was I brave
did I throw it all away
there's a light in the crowd
he's never coming back
I got lost in the wind
and I messed up everything,

till I heard you singing
I heard you sing
you sang to us
you said hallelujah
how'd we lose a saint ourselves

I heard you singing
heard you sing
you sang


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    General Commentat the beginning of a live performance of this song jimmy said it was about loved ones who passed away. about the positivity and strength people can bring into our lives.
    jazmin49on September 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentstop thinking it's okay, things are gonna change
    you can't go on like this again
    you can't avoid the day
    ***YOU'RE THE STAR THAT LIGHTS OUR WAY

    I heard you singing
    I heard you sing
    you sang to us
    you said hallelujah
    how'd we lose a saint ourselves

    stop drinking it to waste
    things have lost their taste
    the light that circled round your face
    is gone and now replaced
    with a darker tone, AGAIN

    I heard you singing
    I heard you sing
    you sang to us
    you said hallelujah
    how'd we lose a saint ourselves

    are we better on our own
    are we better on our own

    was I good was I brave
    did I throw it all away
    there's a light in the CRACK
    he's never coming back
    I got lost in the wind
    and I messed up everything,

    till I heard you singing
    I heard you sing
    you sang to us
    you said hallelujah
    how'd we lose a saint ourselves

    I heard you singing
    heard you sing
    you sang


    =)
    hatethejesson July 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"by jazmin49 on 09-10-2007 @ 08:01:52 PM
    at the beginning of a live performance of this song jimmy said it was about loved ones who passed away. about the positivity and strength people can bring into our lives."

    I can see that... but by reading the lyrics, I would think it was about one person in particular: Jeff Buckley. From what I understand Jimmy and Jeff were very close and worked on projects together all the time. If you listen to Ours AND Jeff Buckley, you will see where Jimmy's influence comes from......

    After all, it was Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley that sang "Hallelujah" - and knowing that Jimmy was involved with the latter, it only makes sense that he's taking about Jeff. It probably just hurts him too much to think or talk about Jeff since his death in 1997; hence the reason he classifies it "loved ones".
    Chrisitaon August 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI found it! Straight from wikipedia.com:

    "Jimmy was close with late musician Jeff Buckley before his death and wrote the song 'I Heard You Singing' for him."

    Also, I found this clip, about a different song; but if you read the transcript, Jimmy personally talks about his emotional ties to Jeff:



    You actually have to read the transcript on the video's "info" link because to audio is a little muffled.... Here's a copy of the transcription:

    From Youtube.com:
    This is from the 6/24/07 Memphis show at Newby's. Jimmy talks about Jeff Buckley, which is something he doesn't do too often. A true gem.

    Transcription:

    About 8 years later, I had taken a break from singing. I felt like our music had become a little too self-serving and that we were doing it for the wrong reasons. During that time a friend of mine asked me "Are you sure you don't know this guy Jeff that just put this record out?" We were like "No we don't him personally, we know of him, we know his music, but we don't know him." Basically, I thought it was strange that we didn't know each other, and we had probably crossed each other's paths so many times in New York City and played maybe a lot of the same places and sounded so similar to some people, we thought it was strange. I got know him shortly before he died, I was to come down here to Memphis and spend some time with him as he was writing and recording his new record. Race came in my place, because I could not get off from work and I was home actually working on songs. So, long story short, I was not Jeff's roadie...he was a friend of mine, and tonight we sing for him and his spirit, his body that he left here in Memphis, but his spirit that lives on in all of us and so many people still to come in the future. We don't come here to Memphis often because it's a difficult place for me to come to emotionally, but thank you all for being here tonight and supporting our music and seeing through any of the shit that people say. We realize it's not easy for anybody. It wasn't easy for him when he started with all of the comparisons to his dad, Piaf, Nina Simone, and all this stuff and he kept going through it, and we're going to our best to do that as well. This is a song that in a moment of feeling like stopping music altogether, this song came out and became a catalyst for us to record another record, it's called "Ran Away To Tell The World."
    Chrisitaon August 29, 2008   Link

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