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Swinging on the lifeline, fraying bits of twine

Entangled in the remnants of the knot I left behind

And asking you to help me make it finally unwind


But God never listens to what I say

God never listens to what I say

And you don't get a refund if you overpray


And when the line is breaking and when I'm near the end

When all the time spent leading I've been following instead

When all my thoughts and memories are left hanging by a thread


repeat chorus


Stranded on this slender string

The minutes seem to last a lifetime

Dangling here between the light above

And blue below that drags me down


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    General CommentLike Bug, another vaguely anti-religion tune by Marshall.
    subskinon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgod never listens...
    you don't get your time back if you spend it all praying...

    i love phish
    i am hydrogenon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of my favourites. The lyrics are impressive, strong as always. The tune is just overwhealming. Beatiful.
    RamMexon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about trying to do things your way. You can improve yourself by becoming more centered with God. It's easy to slip up and fuck up. We can try to do things our way but that doesn't always lead you in the right direction. The narrator is disillusioned with praying obviously. It's easy to pray and ask God for help when you've tied a knot and you need help unwinding it. It's harder to pray when you're doing well.
    bkabbotton January 08, 2012   Link

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