High as kites
making that medicine
jawing with the dead and gone


Come spirit, pick me up.
I need a lift, a cloven tongue
to sit atop my head
and make sense of the things I’ve said.

Tonight we just don’t care,
throw caution to the wind, we dare!
Our ignorance is bliss,
we’ll save our best for worse than this


High as kites
making that medicine
jawing with the dead and gone

Holy Ghost,
Brother it’s a weapon,
I’m walking on the
devil’s backbone...home


Our road is paved with sage advice
we tell ourselves to ease
the mind that’s burdened down.

We see our faults to a fault,
lord save us from your followers.
I always thought it’d finally stop
that place the hands of time forgot.


High as kites
making that medicine
jawing with the dead and gone

Holy Ghost,
Brother it’s a weapon,
I’m walking on the
devil’s backbone...home


But I was stupid
and I’ve been careless
(with the Holy Ghost)
The wordless gurgle,
tongues of Babel
(and the Holy Ghost!)


Lyrics submitted by rfripp

Walking on the Devil's Backbone song meanings
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