"Blue Pastures" as written by and James Patrick Glennie Lawrence Gott....
Blue pastures fade away
Green rivers in silver light
I'm walking to the sound of distant bells
So peaceful I don't know who I am
And just when I think its clear
It turns all grey again
And I wonder who will find me in the snow
And just when I thought I was free
I got pulled in again
Once you're in, you're in
Blue pastures calling home
I'm Walking but I can't stand anymore
Hear voices, can't tell near or far
Weird voices lay me down
And I don't see why I'm obliged
To just carry on
When everything I touch
Turns out wrong
And I feel I've committed some crime
But I don't know what I've done
One day life just wins
One day life just wins
Still breathing
But I'm tired and I want to go home
Still breathing
But I'm not sure anymore
Still breathing
But it doesn't really matter if I fade away
Fall into sleep
Fall into sleep

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"Blue Pastures" as written by Lawrence Gott James Glennie


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    My OpinionAs someone with schizophrenia, this rather reminds me of my struggles with the illness. 'Blue Pastures' oddly sounds like the name of a mental hospital or rest home. In the first verse, he's been discharged, but starts to decompensate again. "Just when I thought I was free, I got pulled in again/Once you're in, you're in" sounds like the episodic nature of the illness.

    The second verse sounds like he's having another episode ("blue pastures calling home..."), and is considering suicide, because he shouldn't have to keep suffering just because his loved ones don't want to be without him ("I don't see why I'm obliged to just carry on"). He eventually accepts that this is how things are, and in the final verse, perhaps has taken his medication in the hospital and drifts off to sleep.
    SkipWhiteon December 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. I've listened to it 7 or 8 times in a row, I don't think I'll get sick of it. The story he tells with his words and his voice are so amazing. I think everyone can relate to wanting to give up.
    ivegotatimebombon February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song needs to be played loud on quality speakers.

    It's one of James' best.
    DJDiscoon February 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHazy memory but during the Glasgow leg of the Whiplash tour I believe Tim mentioned this was about a friend who committed suicide.
    mrgrumbleon November 27, 2016   Link

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