O I never asked to be your mountain
I never asked to fly
Remember when you came to me
And told me of his lies
You didn't understand my love
You don't know why I try
And the rain was falling on that day
And damn the reason why

The Flying Pisces sails for time
And tells me of my child
Wrapped in bitter tales and heartache
He begs for just a smile
O he never asked to be her mountain
He never asked to fly
And through his eye he comes his love
And tells her not to cry

She says, "Your scoundrel father flies
With a dancer called a queen
And with her stolen cards he plays
And laughs, but never wins"
O the child dreams to be his hands
In the counting of the rain
But only barren breasts he feels
For her milk will never drain

As I die I can't remember
Where I saw the rain:
Could it be that her laughter
Drove me down again?
Charming dancer will you stop,
Stop and talk to me?
Is there someone else you feel
In your dreams? you will, you see:
In midnight gazes
I've found you far from me:
If you lead me on
Please leave me down

O Flying Flying Fish
Please flutter by my door:
Yes you can drink my lies
If first you read my eyes:
Each one is titled
"I'm drowning back to you":
I can't swim your waters
And you can't walk my lands:
I'm sailing all my sins
And I'm climbing all my fears
And soon now I'll fly

O I never asked to be your mountain
I never asked to fly
Remember when you came to me
And told me of his lies
You didn't understand my love
You don't know why I try
And the rain was falling on that day
And that's the reason why

Sweet lover, will you come back
And love me for a while?
Please take my hand
Leave all your fears behind

I've been gone too long
Now I'm home to stay
Please don't leave me
Again this way

Please come home


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    General CommentThis is a song Tim wrote for his son, Jeff Buckley.
    It's his song to both Jeff and Jeff's mother Mary, Tim's first wife.
    That's basically it, really. Tim's song for the son he never really knew, a song that Jeff covered magnificently as well.
    Arianrhodon September 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It gives me shivers.
    Herenionon June 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentjeff performed it live in his exhibition for greetings from tim buckley, a tribute concert organized by hal willner that took place at st.anns church, new york, on april 26 1991.
    Subhanaon July 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou can hear Jeff's version for free online. I could give a link but I don't know if I'm supposed to do that here, and it may change anyway. Google is your friend.

    Check out these interesting lyrics Jeff added to the end of this song in his performance of it:

    My love is the flower that lies among the graves
    My love is the thousand souls that each saves,
    And all the insane madmen tell me I am not a smoky haze
    Lay me not in lands of men to spread my ash along the way

    I want to feel the tide pull through me, like a woman drunk in sin,
    I want to feel the fish swim through me. Let the water take my skin
    Wrapped around the pebble that you choose to warm your hand
    Just as I dream every day, as I pray you’ll understand.
    onthe1on July 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIf you listen closely to Jeff's "River of Dope", you will see that he is referencing this song, specifically in the lines:
    "Look into my eyes and you'll see
    That I flow with the river
    And I'm a slave to his song
    And I will drown forever where so many have gone"
    which correlate to the lines in "I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain", a song written about Jeff and his mother:
    "Yes, you can drink my lies
    If first you read my eyes
    Each one is titled
    'I'm drowning back to you'"

    At the 1991 tribute for Tim, Jeff also added the lines: "I want to feel the tide pull through me like a woman drunk in sin/Let the fish swim through me/Let the water take my skin".
    lilynymphon February 04, 2013   Link
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    Link(s)Lilynymph, thanks a lot for your comment. I couldn't help noticing the strange correlations with Jeff's death in the lines you chose to mention :
    "I flow with the river", "And I will drown forever where so many have gone", "I'm drowning back to you", "Let the water take my skin"...
    Did you do it on purpose ?

    Because it's really scary how these words seem to predestine Jeff for what was to come...

    May they be forever remembered and loved.
    foaLtaeMon June 29, 2015   Link

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