on the old forgotten crossways
where the fourteen rivers did meet
the bones of our elders
lying in the street
on a dark and dusty deserts
like a ghost I've flown
I barely cried when I arrived
I never found a home

ooh, feel the strain of sorrow
never ceasing
ooh, feel the strain of sorrow
never ceasing

I am a ramshackler
go from town to town
and when there is no shelter
I lay down on the ground
I killed every reason
they gave for me to stay
cussed the morning, burned the bone
and dragged that thing away

mmm, to the peace of sorrow
never ceasing
mmm, to the strain of sorrow
never ceasing

there's saints and there is animals
they've taken what they could
and it's written in the pages
do just like they should
they stood the test and burned the rest
and tore them limb from limb
and it's marked upon their faces
it's written on their skin

ooh, feel the strain of sorrow
never ceasing
mmm, feel the strain of sorrow
never ceasing


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    General CommentHoly crap... now this is why I love Beck songs. Just so heavy and honest and yet I'm the first to post on them... HELLYEAH! I think this is about doing something you regret later... kind of a 'never get a second chance to make a first impression' idea. It also has a religious feel in the 3rd verse about being like saints. In Christianity a lot of emphasis is put on feeling 'sorrow' and somber for your sins.
    Angry Saron June 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment...also this song is sorta grunge. That is the SHIZNIT
    Angry Saron February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeck sort of explained this, the one time he played it. It's about a specific character he had created, that lived around the 1890s. Beck gets a kick out of deliberately writing in a particular style of music; this seems to be in the country/folk storytelling vein. I'm glad he never prettied it up for an actual album, but it's sad this song is somewhat overlooked.
    androgybunnyon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeck sort of explained this, the one time he played it. It's about a specific character he had created, that lived around the 1890s. Beck gets a kick out of deliberately writing in a particular style of music; this seems to be in the country/folk storytelling vein. I'm glad he never prettied it up for an actual album, but it's sad this song is somewhat overlooked.
    androgybunnyon June 27, 2006   Link

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