and when i woke up, i woke up stiff and grey already,
posed in sleep by something half my cells made stone,
wrists and ankles crossed at a vulnerable angle,
and when i woke up, well i woke up alone

as the only fool or pharaoh present,
in a shoddy school museum collection

looted of gold, if there ever was some,
and even the good wood gone
remaining fingers curled around the memory of ra,
left not even with my death mask on,
heart and other organs missing for so long,
features faded and dated in estimation,
and even the good wood gone

drunk off a leak in the ceiling,
some mantra stuck on my lips in vain

no flash photography,
no flash photography,
no flash photography,

and when i'm really buried i'll be buried in cleveland,
with a new pair of skis and someone's old set of keys to their car,
and bottom floor apartment door and health club locker,
throw the scent of my true purpose from god and grave robbers

my true purpose which i will have taken the care to have kept hidden
even from myself my whole life

no flash photography,
no flash photography,
no flash photography,

already grey and rehearsing my mantra,
left hand gripping hockey stick or cattle prod,
my final futile act of double deception,
aloof and tinged with truth as the best lies are,
as i've always shot pool south paw,
and many of you who knew me saw


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  • +2
    General Comment"but i am still alive in love and wide eyed in my time
    not a mummy shrinking in its cloths."
    zefferonion February 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's "half my cells made stone", not "half my selves made stone"
    elephanteyelashon October 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteverything up until the first chorus is describing a dream he had. It just sets up the egyptian tomb imagery.

    the second verse has him being buried with things that have nothing to do with his life, new pair of skis, etc. hence would "throw the scent of my true purpose from god and grave robbers" The next two lines are basically the message of the song and the point he's getting at.

    the last verse elaborates on the second, having him holding a hockey stick or cattle prod, which have nothing to do with his purpose in life. He says "aloof and tinged with truth" refers to the fact his left hand was gripping the stick or prod, and as he "always shot pool south paw", it would make sense that these items would be in his left hand, though the items themselves are misleading.

    The song is basically about his sense of purposelessness, or not knowing what his true purpose is.
    johnbean92on November 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe two lines are wrong:
    "features faded and baited in estimation" should be "faded and dated"

    "a louf intinged with truth as the best lies are" should be "aloof and tinged"

    I mean no offense.
    GIOIABOIAon July 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"left hand gripping hockey sticker cattle prod"
    should be
    "left hand gripping hockey stick or cattle prod"
    kurotauron July 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a folky song and so catchy! I love it. Especially the part where he talks about how he wants to be buried. I just love the way he puts ideas together.
    glockjawon August 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the most beautiful songs yoni wolf has ever written.
    the way he describes things make me tingly.
    mayonneggon September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. I saw it as an old pharroh who was reincarnated as someone in our time.
    fallsaddleson September 08, 2010   Link
  • -2
    General CommentShould be "remaining fingers curled around the memory of Ra"

    Ancient Egyptian sun God.
    TaShawnon August 11, 2009   Link

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