I started out in search of ordinary things
How much of a tree bends in the wind
I started telling the story without knowing the end
I used to be darker, then I got lighter, then I got dark again
Something too big to be seen was passing over and over me
Well it seemed like a routine case at first
With the death of the shadow came a lightness of verse
But the darkest of nights, in truth, still dazzles
And I work myself until I'm frazzled

I ended up in search of ordinary things
Like how can a wave possibly be?
I started running, and the concrete turned to sand
I started running, and things didn't pan out as planned
In case things go poorly and I not return
Remember the good things I've done
In case things go poorly and I not return
Remember the good things I've done
Done me in


Lyrics submitted by askforgiveness, edited by chall85, smallwonderrobot, patford100

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    General Commentbeautiful.
    robsoncamaraon December 13, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song refers to his shift from Smog to Bill Callahan. In case things go poorly, i.e. his new solo work is a failure or he destroys his legacy, don't forget the good music from his past. The music of Smog also "does him in" because he may find it difficult to move out of the shadow of his earlier work.
    chall85on November 11, 2012   Link
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    General Commentagreed, robsoncamara. unbelievably so.

    i wonder what anyone makes of this, though:

    "in case things go poorly and i not return
    remember the good things i've done
    in case things go poorly and i not return
    remember the good things i've done
    done me in"

    is it a separate part?
    or did the good things he's done do him in, or did he do himself in with the good things he's done?
    TheWrongGirlon December 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis interview from Pitchfork in 2007 should give you an idea of what this song is about, in my opinion.

    Callahan: I cannot tell you exactly what is going on now. I look at my hands and I don't know what they wrought in the past. Are they the hands of a bad man? I used to be an artist. I don't think I am right now. I don't know if I ever will be again. I am something else. I was a student of personal strife. I ran with the wrong crowd early on. I tortured myself for a song. I thought it was the way.
    chall85on November 11, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was about depression
    heyluanaon October 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always heard

    'in case things go poorly the night I return
    remember the good things I don't'

    I now think this is wrong but it stil think of this song as about someone who has been away and depressed for a long time coming home.
    krispy3on February 10, 2014   Link

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