I want a book that'll make me drunk
full of freaks and disenfranchised punks.
No amount of hate no load of junk
no bag or words no costume trunk
could make me feel the same way
an inch an hour two feet a day
to move through night
in this most fashionable way.

There's this fucking band you gotta see
they used to scare the living shit outta me.
No frothing dog no cool insanity
no "rock n' roll" no christianity
makes me feel the same way
an inch an hour two feet a day
to move through night
with very little else to say
but i'm helpless less with the people
than the space

No struggletown no bemused trudeau
no solitary walks through vacant lots
in moonglow

Tonight the winter may have missed its mark
you can see your breath in Springside Park
coffee-coloured ice and peeling birch bark the
sound of rushing water in the dark
makes me feel the same way
an inch an hour two feet a day
to move through life
with very little else to say
but i'm helpless more with the people
than the space
I mean I'm helpless less with the people
than the space

You see, I don't know Neil
I don't know Neil


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    General CommentThis is an under-rated song. It's like Poets in that I think he means the opposite of what he's saying, or at least is ambivalent, as in Poets he says what poets say doesn't matter, but says it in a beautiful poetic way. Here, he's listing all of these things that don't give him that certain feeling, but the way he says it, especially the vacant walks in moonglow, sure sound like special moments to me. Excellent.
    DevastatorJr.on February 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI know this much, these lyrics....

    "but i'm helpless more with the people
    than the space
    I mean I'm helpless less with the people
    than the space

    You see, I don't know Neil
    I don't know Neil"

    ...must be an answer to Neil Young's song Helpless (from Deja Vu by CSN&Y.) Gord & The Hip are talking about helplessness in response to Neil's helplessness in a town in North Ontario.
    Toadlyon October 19, 2017   Link

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