"As Holy As The Soil (That Buries Your Skin)" as written by James Bradfield, Nicholas Jones and Sean Moore....
As holy as the soil that buries your skin
As holy as the love we'll never give
As holy as the time that drifted away
I love you so will you please come home

As holy as the Roman Empire
As holy as the coffee you made for us
As holy as those nights we walked in the rain
I love you so, will you please come home

So come on
Would it be that hard
Just for once
We could save the world
Just me and you
Doing something true
Even if it only lasts for seconds

As lonely as the darkness between the stars
As fragile as the people we are
As sacred as those words we shared and displayed
I love you so, will you please come home

As beautiful as the spring in Japan
As generous as your safe strong hands
As wasted as the lifetimes we spent apart
I love you so will you please come home

So come on
Would it be that hard
Just for once
We could save the world
Just me and you
Doing something true
Even if it only lasts for seconds

Oh I love you so won't you please come home
Oh, it's been so long, I can't let go.

Oh I love you so won't you please come home
I love you so won't you please come home


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    General Comment"I think this is as close to a love song to Richey as we’re ever going to write. It’s the oldest song on the album, I wrote the music and the words and I’d kept it hidden for about three years, because it’s one of those topics you just feel a bit… but then you realise it’s 20 years. We’ve done stuff like ‘Cardiff Afterlife’ and ‘Nobody Loved You’, but they were a bit more autobiographical - this is more, 'Fucking hell, it would be good if you were around, if you just turned up one day. Imagine how many festivals we could headline?' At which he would laugh. I just miss his pulverising intellect. It’s not just us - I think the musical landscape misses him. Then I lost a really good friend at Sony, our product manager for the last five years, and he died really young, so I changed a couple of lyrics because it had an awful impact. It became this song about redemptive loss. I think this is my best vocal, I put a lot of work into it. James said he thought this is the one my voice should be on, because it’s got that sort of cracked frailty in the verses. I’m dreading playing it live - I don’t like singing live."

    -Nicky Wire
    manic4manicson October 13, 2013   Link

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