In the desert,
Where the cities are made of gold,
There's a girl playing hopscotch with pink ribbon pigtails.
And her mom calls out from an apartment balcony,
"Come on, baby!
Your bath is ready!
It's almost time for sleep!"
And I wonder, who's the father
And I wonder what they call her-Sierra
Does her mother smoke or does she jog every morning?
Does she drink
When she thinks about me
Or doesn't she need to drink?
Does she have a man
Who works a nine to five
Does he come home
To kiss our young sierra, tuck her in
And say goodnight?
And an extra kiss for mama
I want that kiss, that kid, that apartment
I'm ready to settle down now
So get that man out of my bed
I want my daughter back now
I want to kiss her, tuck her in, and say, "goodnight, my baby girl"
I'll never know
Know who you are
And I don't deserve to
My little girl
We would have been so, oh, nevermind
But I'm ready to settle down now
Yeah I'm ready to leave that wrecking ball behind
I could be your carpenter,
And you could be my twinkling north star o'er the desert sky.

Lyrics submitted by ruben

Sierra Lyrics as written by Gretta Mindy Cohn Clint Frederick Schnase

Lyrics © ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +2
    General Commentthe ugly organ means his penis
    lifted to the skyon November 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song it kind of made me uneasy. I'd listen to any other song on the album but I'd skip this one... the grief is so apparent in his voice, and it's really heartbreaking.

    as for the carpenter and the north star- it is for sure a reference to Joseph and Jesus. Maybe he saw in her a type of forgiveness that he longed for...

    It's a such a haunting song.
    kisspopbangon June 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCould this be about a man looking at the family he could have had, rather than wanting his family back.
    His ex-parter has met someone else, had a child and he is jealous that it should him who his with his ex-partner and him who should be the father of that child
    I feel that would explain why he knows so little about the daughter described.
    minusthetomon July 31, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy ex-wife just had me look up these lyrics. i thought it was really cruel...she said she knows it's how i must feel everyday and it's meaningful to me that she considers my feelings about it but it still hurt my feelings. fuck. it's the truth. what can i do?
    heltir1723on February 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis whole album, The Ugly Organ, is a masterpiece! It's so amazing! Anyways, at first I didn't understand this song, but when I like the lyrics I have to analyze the song. I'm pretty sure I get what it's about...but this whole album is full of stories, so whether it is a story or a personal experience, I can't say...I don't know the band. This song is full of imagery, he describes this perfect place where a girl and her mother live, and then he imagines this whole situation about how the mother is and does she have a man in her life and stuff...and he (the singer) is the father of the girl, Sierra. The mother and Sierra are no longer in his life and he desperately wants them back, but everything is different, and he can't have that...even though he's now realized it's the most important thing to him. Beautiful song.
    angryostrichon June 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think he's singing about missing out on his daughter and i family life, wishing he could replace who ever his ex has replaced hiim with
    cursingsailoron June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe may be wishing that he could replace the new man, but at the same time he knows he never would actually be able to.... "I'll never know who you are, and i don't deserve to; My little girl, we could have been so....oh nevermind"
    tiki_12on June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have two questions: Does Tim Kasher have a daughter?
    And can anyone tell me how the lyrics to this album got added? I have been trying to figure out a way to add lyrics for about a month before these magically appeared.
    bright.eyed.girlon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhh...if only every father who left his family wanted it back as badly he does...or even at all.
    in red weatheron April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    killstaron June 01, 2004   Link

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