Oh, to tremble like that fella sometimes trembles
That fella plays the organ like it’s boilin’ on his tongue
Spittin’ blind across the keys, those flick’rin’ notes like ashes flung
To the whipping o’ the breezes
The lashin’ o’ the light

And his fingers fired wi’ some beautiful rapture
Some throbbin’ in his soul all raised in lumps across his chest
Some arachnid terror swinging on his spine, he’s stood possessed
By the thousand devils laughin’
In the gaps atween the sighs

She throws her head back ‘gainst the screen, she’s pushin’ my hand away
She says “Oh what I’d give for to sound like I have nothin’ left to say”
What use is a voice, she says, all shining?
All shimmering?

Oh to conjure sapphire smoke-rings from these pages
These pages all impressions of those smoke-rings I recall
Windin’ up and out and throbbin’ in the cracks behind the walls
Where all those fellas high on Jesus
Screech silent in the night

For to find something that’s worth the hours o’ searchin’
For something new to say with all these tired metaphors
These lines all thick wi’ lines I’ve used a hundred times before
Yeah I’m looking at these words
And yeah, I’m sickened at the sight

And stood by the gates o’ the cemetery I’m craving a fresh new way
To say, “Yeah this is what I been thinkin’ about since last I came this way”
And they
They’ll smile as they watch that fresh phrase shining
And shimmering

And I met a poet high on aching language
I met her in a red-light bar-room looks out o’er the sea
And in time I fell in love wi’ her, and she in love wi’ me
And she kisses me like melody
Might kiss the saddest songs

And I’m fishin’ for a verse or two to hand her
A verse that maybe tells her somethin’ close to what I feel
When she wakes me in the morning an I see the new day reelin’
In the corners of her smile
Her smile all glistenin’ in the dawn

And sometimes I’m lain there ‘neath the sheets and I’m tastin’ her dreams
And I…
I’m hearin’ the songs all spun cross winding stages back her eyes
And I…
I’m feelin her breath against my chest, well, yeah
I’m trembling…


Lyrics submitted by armsaimedatthe_sun

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