Slip in this certain knot of peace
I'm keeping silent, keeping silent til in turn it keeps me.
Won't you remain with me?

Oh, come blissful sleep.
Won't you be my release?
Oh, charitable thief.
Come take me away.

Oh, vessel of grace whisper in my ear
A melodious sonnet of forgiveness.
Sweet seraphim won't you sing me to peace?
I'll be waiting.

I'll keep my ear to the earth
I'll keep my head to the ground
I'll keep my hands from shaking
I'll keep listening for the sound
I'll keep my eyes to the sea
I'll keep these words in my heart
I'll keep your name on my lips
Until it tears me apart.


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    General Comment<3
    mds1286on September 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt seems that he is at peace with God and is, therefore, ready to die and go to heaven. The instrumentation illustrates this as well. "Charitable Thief" may describe how God gives and takes life. A true work of art, both lyrically and musically, by a great band.
    Thricefoldon April 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTo slip into something implies a certain amount of ease, but I can't help but wonder if this reference to peace as a knot implies any of the other characteristics of a slip knot. Can't it be just as easily loosened and tightened? It is the most fluid of knots. What a way to describe peace as a transient experience.

    Sleep is distant to the troubled soul. Isn't it very human of us to ache for actual physical touch? I wonder if 'sweet seraphim' is a reference to the OT biblical singing angels or rather/also a 'vessel of grace' in tangible form. Not that I'm arguing for the morality of any particular behavior... just aware that God can give a taste of peace even in the baser moments of our humanity.

    Love the lyrics 'ear to the earth' and 'head to the ground' even though I can't help but think of Jay Silverheels.
    therobeulogyon March 21, 2013   Link

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