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Saw a building burning down
In the middle of nowhere
On a sickle moon night
Throughout(?) past that scene
And turned to the flames that were puncturing the sky

People stood and stared
Witnessed the owner, his head in his hands
Saw the moon wired to the sky
Just kept driving, God knows why

Down to the rivers edge
Down to the river and off the edge
Down to another edge
You and I go down to the edge again

I saw a man standing by a light
In the middle of nowhere
In the middle of the night
I looked right into his eyes
And it was just like looking into myself

Even when I don't believe, I still believe
I was thinking about Leonard Cohen
And the dungeon in the tower of song
Anyway you see it that man don't lie
I had to keep on trying,
Trying to cross this great divide

Down to the river's edge
On to the river and off the edge
Down to another ledge
Me and my love, we're down to the edge again

Seems I left my soul in a lay-by
I couldn't get back there, I couldn't see a way
I left my soul there, we didn't see it die
Is this my fate, I can't decide
Trying to cross the great divide

Down to the rivers edge
Down to the river and off the edge
Down to another ledge
Me and my love go down to the edge again


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    General CommentThere don't seem to be any official lyrics out there, so I worked these out by listening to the song and with the help of a few other people's guesses online. They seem to be about as accurate as I could make out, though that "throughout" bit still doesn't seem quite right. I just can't put my finger on exactly what he's saying there at that point, it almost sounds like "drew up past that scene", but the presence of a definitive "th" sounds at the beginning of it just keeps throwing me off.

    I'm not going to venture into any deep interpretation on this one, but it seems like the song is describing events and thoughts occurring while on a road trip that end up helping the subject face who he truly is and, in that act, lose who he previously thought he'd been. But maybe that's just me.

    I just want to say that I adore the line "Seems I left my soul in a lay-by" (which is a "rest stop" here in the States), just because of the imagery and sense of long-haul travel it provides. Then again, I am a road trip addict, so losing anything, possibly even one's soul, at a rest stop is something that's totally feasible to me.
    wednesday181on July 31, 2012   Link

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