Peter and Mary drive cross-country,
entering Desperation, Nevada.
Red lights flash and their destinies changed
as the patrol car pulls behind them.

Collie Etrangian, arm of the law,
stops them and searches the back of their car.
There in the trunk, some drugs in a bag,
and they find themselves arrested.

Pulled them over to the side of the road
with a body that's bloated and bursting - too old.
"We'll get this sorted out in Desperation."


Hatred is burning under his skin
and an evil power that eats from within.
He bleeds from his eyes as he drives them by
the biggest mine in North America.

Technology working anew in the depths
The soul of the mine now disturbed from its rest.
Answers will be found in Desperation.

There's a little dead girl, lying on the steps of the jail,
and Collie guns down Peter as he stares into her eyes.
The Carver family hears the shot from the cell
and wonders why their daughter had to die...

Ralph and Ellie Carter, and their son David too,
staring from within the cell like animals in a zoo.
Something brought them here to Desperation.

With them is Tom, the only one from the town.
His alcoholic's spirit is beaten and worn down
and Mary joins this group in Desperation.

Lyrics submitted by Octavarium64

Desperation, Part I song meanings
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