I saw God by the river
Panning for gold
I saw God by the river
Weary and old

He said; ‘Son,
I used to know where I put things,
I used to know’

I saw God in the forest
Teaching Tai Chi to the trees
In the wind
And bowing to the seas

He said; ‘Son,
I used to know where I put things,
I used to know’

I saw God on the mountain
Tearing at the sky
I saw God on the mountain
With tears in his eyes

He said; ‘Son,
I used to know where I put things,
I used to know
I could have shown you all the beauty in the world
but now I need you to show me
Yes, show me’



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    General CommentI think this song is talking about how even God has gotten disillusioned with the world and it's problems and now it's up to us to make it a better place. really beautiful song.
    sammy142on February 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentmaybe about how God has become outdated and therefor less relevant?
    kjeskeon February 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard it was about Ben watching his grandparents, who would seem like God to a young Ben, suffer with dementia.
    Rafikion March 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is actually about Ben Sollee's grandparents both suffering from Dementia, he simply used the character of God in place of them.
    Beautiful :]
    angeladele55on June 19, 2009   Link

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