Spoon in spoon
Stirring my coffee, I
Thought of you and turned to the gate
On my way came up with the answers
I scratched my head, and the answers were gone

From hand to hand
Wrist to the elbow, red
Blood sand - could Dad be God
Crosses cross hung out like a wet rag,
Forgive you, why -- you hung me out to dry

Maybe I'm crazy
But laughing out loud makes the pain pass by
And maybe you're a little crazy
But laughing out loud makes it all subside
Holding I'm holding
I'm still falling, I'm still falling

Spoon in spoon
Stirring my coffee, I
Thought of this and turned to the gate
But on my way, crack lightning and thunder
I hid my head and the storm slipped away, well

Maybe I'm crazy
And laughing out loud makes it all pass by
And maybe you're a little crazy
And laughing out loud makes it all alright

Laughing out loud

From time to time
Minutes and hours, some
Move ahead while some lag behind, It's like
The balloon that rise and then vanish, this
Drop of hope that falls from his eyes

Spoon in spoon
Stirring my coffee, I
Think of this and turn to go away
But as I walk there're voices behind me saying
Sinners sin - come now and play

Come now and play


Last Stop Reprise (hidden track)

Come in from the cold for a while
Everything will be alright
Come in from the noise for a time
Everything will be alright
Everything will be alright

For now, goodbye
Friend, goodbye

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

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    General CommentOkay folks, rarely am I so sure about my interpretation of a song, so here goes:

    This song is about Jesus on the cross talking to his father, God. Why have you hung me out here? Why have you forsaken me?

    My favorite part of this song is the hidden-track outro. I am very far away from being anything resembling a Christian believer, but the outro is so beautiful and chilling it makes me tear-up every time I listen to it.

    You can just feel the release and joy of death as Jesus ascends to heaven. After hanging to that cross for the entire song and suffering the pain for all of humanity, the release comes, and he hears his loving father calling to him:

    come in from the cold for awhile
    everything will be alright
    come in from the noise for a time
    everything will be alright
    everything will be alright

    And Jesus, at peace, says to humanity:

    for now, goodbye, friend

    I can definitely see other interpretations of who exactly is saying these lines in the outro being reasonable too, but it is certainly in reference to the ascension.

    This song masterfully captures the resolution from exhaustion of sadness, pain, and coldness to the subtle but powerful release that comes from, at last, coming home to safeness and warmth.
    optimus..primeon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would really have to agree with you, optimus..prime. I think Dave is writing these lyrics from the perspective of Jesus dying on the cross. There are Dave's own thoughts interwoven here too, and I don't know to what extent it is him talking or him talking as Jesus.

    There are definitely moments where as Jesus, he is voicing his doubts. "Holding, I'm holding, I'm still falling, I'm still falling" is Jesus wondering why he is there, why he is the one that had to bear this burden for mankind. "Forgive you why - you hung me out to dry." It's just the thoughts that Jesus likely went through as blood oozed from him and he was in so much agony and even after that there are people taunting him. These are the people I am supposed to die for? "Could Dad be God?" After all he has been through he is doubting his faith, doubting he is the son of God, maybe doubting his sanity - "Maybe I'm crazy." Surely if he was God, he could come down from the cross like those that were taunting him said he could do.

    I think Alanis's part is equally as beautiful. "From time to time, minutes and hours some, move ahead while some lag behind." Jesus is there on the cross, likely blacking out at times, praying to God, thinking he made a mistake. He is in pain and again, he doesn't know if it is worth it. At times hours might pass in the blink of an eye but then he feels the pain and the minutes just drag. "This drop of hope that falls from his eyes." I think it is simply blood and tears. The longer he hangs there, the more he has probably convinced himself that his thoughts from the entire song are true. He is not the son of God, he has been hung out to dry. Even the way Alanis sings her part is beautiful and haunting. To me the pause after "minutes and hours some," is even a meaning. He is gasping for breath, probably running out of tears to cry.

    And then the reprise of Last Stop. God is telling him to come in from the rain, you are home now. Despite all his doubts he did the right thing, dad was God.

    To say Dave is agnostic and wouldn't write a religious song or anything like that is crazy. Just because he has his doubts or does not know everything he believes does not mean he can't write a song about God or have some faith.

    This song is indeed beautiful, even on a level above
    MitchyOchoCincoon December 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI get the impression he's talking about Jesus... in certain lines that make references to the bible. "Could dad be god?" That line to me is from the perspective of Jesus. "Crosses cross hung out like a wet rag Forgive you why You hung me out to dry." So is this one but he's talking about the people that hung him on the cross. "There're voices behind me saying Sinners sin Come now and play" And this one of course is talking about the temptation of the devil. I'm not sure what the song means but these are just some of the lyrics I've interpreted as certain bible references.
    Title_Trackon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is yet another of Dave's very subtle songs about his faith. He is afraid of being labeled a preacher or christian rock, so they're very subdued and personalized.
    In this case, he's writing about a man looking at what it must've been like from Jesus' perspective. The line "Forgive you why? You hung me out to dry" refers to the people of the Earth asking for forgiveness when they were the very same people who hung him out to die a painful death on a cross. (and Dave's amazement that despite this he still forgives).
    The lines about making the pain pass by, holding, falling, blood falling from wrist to elbow and finally to the sand, etc. are all about being hung on a cross.
    nittson July 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song IS about Good Friday it speaks of Jesus Christ being nailed to the cross "...you hung me out to dry" or "hung out like a wet rag." The Spoon and spoon sturring my coffee is where when you stir ur coffee with a spoon u will see a relflecttion of that spoon and the spoon and it's reflection cross over making the apperance of the cross..... This song hit me hard because my firast time hearing it was on Good Friday, and once I heard it, the lyrics became so clear, if u read it with good friday in mid, it will all make sense..and if u dont beilve me grab some coffee and a spoon
    Just1_BigEyedFishon March 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love the song, but the outro is the best, i love how it ends the entire BTCS cd, wich is by far the best dave cd yet to come
    dillmill41on April 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHey, I agree with everyone hear as to what the song means. And Holladee, I think the "spoon in spoon, stirring my coffee" means that hes thinking about all of this while having his coffee. You know, just kind of casually thinking of something so deep. I may just be taking it too literal, but I can honestly picture him sitting with his coffee just stirring away and thinking. lol... k thats all!
    eatdrinknbmerryon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwithout a doubt Dave's most peaceful song...

    the way alanis sings "minutes and hours"... i could listen to that part alone over and over again
    prof3taon December 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is indeed beautiful, even on a level above most DMB songs. And they say there are no good hymns any more! I think if people actually heard good, thought-provoking songs like this or One of Us at church people might think differently!
    MitchyOchoCincoon December 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwow I cant believe nobody's commented on this song.. its so beautiful. I love it =)
    BigEyedPhish103on May 23, 2002   Link

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