thy will be done
here on this highway
in every house and field i pray
all in meekness yield
aided by want
among stranger people
to disgrace so soon i've come

drift like sleep into the hotel montana
lay low for thy name's sake
el matador louisiana

full of bulls' blood and what not
coarse jest to a tight knot
you are not acquainted with your own heart
frozen prayer upon my lips
inside the blood runs hot
he was reviled
yet he reviled not

like a voice in an empty house
breathe your breath
and speak to me
speak to me

it's a dry leaf
that shivers on the branch
what matter if the wind cast it down
with a ruthless hand
'cause we remember always
that it took place forever
thy kingdom come in

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Blue Pail Fever song meanings
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    General CommentIt's about a quest to find faith. As far as I can tell, the singer is taking a roadtrip alone to "acquaint themselves" with their heart and connect with God. He can't get an answer ("like a voice in an empty house," "speak to me"), but in the last stanza he uses the leaf metaphor to say how God is in him regardless ("we remember always/ that it took place forever/thy kingdom come in/whosoever"). There's a feeling of inadequacy highlighted by the comparison to Jesus ("frozen prayer upon my lips/inside the blood runs hot" - the singer; "he was reviled/yet he reviled not" - Jesus), he being the physical, the animal side of man, while Jesus represents the spiritual, the goal. He yields "in meekness," following the example.

    I've been a taoist for five years and this song takes me back to my search for the Christian god, the one I stopped looking for because he doesn't answer. So beautiful!
    floodlineon September 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the lowly submission required to be a follower of Christ. He wants for God's will to be done alone (as is apparent in the first half of the first stanza, and the chorus), but is a sinful, fleshy human, as we all are. The first half of the second stanza is about when sacrament becomes ritual. God ridiculed the Jews in Isaiah for making sacrifices but not having their heart in it. Christ is the model for every Christian, and as such he compares his trials to those of Jesus. It comes from 1 Peter 2:23

    The empty house is his lostness without God, so the voice in an empty house is God working through someone who is empty without Him.

    The leaf part comes from Isaiah 64:4: "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf. and our iniquities like the wind, has taken us away"

    the last part of the last stanza is halfway a John 3:16 reference, and notes that it is up to us to submit to the will of God (for now anyway)
    teerizzle5446on January 30, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Like a voice in an empty house breathe your breath and speak to me , speak to me"

    This line I got a different meaning and it is

    "when a house is empty you can hear the spoken voice very clearly it reverberates due to having nothing to muffle it allowing the sound to reach all areas with uninhibited clarity.
    7Towerson June 18, 2010   Link

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