I'm so far away from you
I'm pacing up and down my room
Does Jesus only love a man who loses?
I turn on the radio
There's some cat on the saxophone
Laying down a litany of excuses

There's madhouse longing in my baby's eyes
She rubs a lamp between her thighs
And hopes the genie comes out singing
And she lives in some forgotten song
And moves like she is zombie-strong
Breathes steady as the pendulum keeps swinging

You better hold on to yourself

Well, cities rust and fall to ruin
Factories close and cars go cruising
In and around the borders of her vision
She says oh woah woah woah
As Jesus makes the flowers grow
All around the scene of her collision

Oh you know, yes, I would
I would hold on to yourself

In the middle of the night
I try my best to chase outside
The phantoms and the ghosts and the fairy-girls
On 1001 nights like this
She mutters open sesame and Ali Baba and his forty thieves
Launch her off the face of the world

Well, you know
Oh baby, I'll come back
And I'll hold on to yourself

Babe, I'm 1000 miles away
And I just don't know what to say
'Cause Jesus only loves a man who bruises
But darling we can clearly see
It's all life and fire and lunacy
And excuses and excuses and excuses

Well, you know if I could I would
Yeah, I would lie right down
And I'd hold on to yourself

Yeah, I would lie right down
And I would hold on to yourself

One day I'll come back to you
And I'll hold on to yourself

Yeah, I'm gonna come back
Gonna lie down
And I'll hold on to yourself


Lyrics submitted by mutinyinheaven_x, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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  • +2
    General Commentit seems to be about a relationship living amongst a menagerie of problems. Insanity, loneliness, pride, while he has reached a conclusion that all these qualms are pathetic excuses for doing better. As if he's herd them so many times now he has no more sympathy or apathy.
    Sunquaion March 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it has more to do with a man on the road while his wife is at home. The entire album borrows heavily from themes in the Odyssey. Odysseus's is lost at sea and is trying to get home but on the way he is derailed by things like Nymphs and goddesses who hold him hostage as a kind of love slave. The entire time he just wants to get back home to his wife. So in that respect Appers66 is almost right. The hold on to yourself lyrics are supposed to be framed by the scenes of factories closing and cities falling to ruin. She is supposed to hold on to herself in the face of time and decay. That is what creates the collision. It's a metaphorical collision.He wants her to be the same when he gets back so he can hold on to herself. Most of the other lyrics are metaphysical reflections on his trials, which kinda gets into the same questions the story of Job is supposed to raise.
    Didn't mean to make that a reply to your post SonOfBelgrade. It was my my first post and I got confused
    ptimb85on November 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song carries both chaos and inevitability. The fast tempo of the music gives a feeling of unstoppability. The pendulum keeps swinging, inevitably. But the destination is chaos - life and fire and lunacy - and it is unescapable. The frantic, manic background screeching is like a barely restrained psychosis, threatening to rise to the surface and overrun its unstable mind. "Hold on to yourself" lest the insanity wins. But it is going to win, eventually. Nick Cave's novel "The Death of Bunny Munro" has the same sense of inevitable destruction, a 'train wreck in slow motion'.

    "Jesus makes the flowers grow all around the scene of her collision" - beautifully ironic, as it was Jesus that caused the collision, ie. it was God's will that the crash occurred.
    b0rison October 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Factories close and cars go cruising, in and around the borders of her vision. She says "oh woah woah.." - just before she gets hit by a car. "As Jesus makes the flowers grow around the scene of her collision" - not really Jesus but her mourners placing flowers near where she was killed.
    unkannyon October 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a man who is away from his woman, and when she is alone she's masturbating.

    "She rubs a lamp between her thighs
    And hopes the genie comes out singing"

    She loses track of the world around her as she is pleasuring herself, then she comes:

    "Well, cities rust and fall to ruin
    Factories close and cars go cruising
    In and around the borders of her vision
    She says oh woah woah woah
    As Jesus makes the flowers grow
    All around the scene of her collision"

    I don't know why the man is far away, but it isn't because he wants to. He feels doomed by circumstaces out of hes control and he is frustrated. He thinks the reasons he gives to his woman are only excuses, and he wants to go back home.
    707z1on September 01, 2015   Link
  • -3
    General CommentIt is about his true love who took advantage on it... but as we all know karma is a bitch.
    SonOfBelgradeon February 02, 2011   Link
  • -4
    General CommentI s'pose it's about a guy who loves someone but she's too busy sleeping around to notice him? I love how scarily it syncs into Lie Down Here (And Be My Girl). =P
    Appers66on March 11, 2008   Link

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