In the shadow of what's real
you dig a hole down in the sand
where you know you left it all
the things that make you understand.

And guide your hand.

Then you turn with watering eye
to the sky in your surprise
all that sand used to be you
before you opened it so wide.

And the sand is your blood, and the hole is so big
and you shake, and you pray, and you beg.

You know why.

You know why...
With your watering eye you've got a hole inside
such a wretched life, don't look so surprised.

You know why.


You know why.


You did this to yourself again.
Gunning for a bluer sky.
Swallowed the dose,
cut your own rope...
Just to know it all.

Do you know it all?

You took down the dose,
cut your own rope.
wanted to show yourself everything.
you ran through the wires,
tasted the fires.

But you can't feel anything at all.

Yeah...yeah...(etc., etc.)

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    General CommentThis is one of my all-time favorite songs. This song is possibly the most transcendental song I have ever heard in my life.

    "It's a sort of ode to anyone who is determined to self-explore and, through whatever means, they get a look way deep into themselves. And sometimes when you look deep into yourself it's incredibly horrible, and that can be a learning experience, hopefully. But a lot of people have really terrifying inner voyages, where there's some stuff that they may not have paid any attention to for too long, and now it's real ugly. So there's a lot of self-discovery mixed with fear in "The Knowing Dirge" There's a part of you making itself known that is a little terrifying. I think it's definitely part of human nature, or at least a part of some people's human nature, to self-examine and to kind of dig their hands into their rib cage and feel around, and sometimes that can go a little too far."
    peter the destroyeron February 09, 2007   Link

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