Not one motion of her gesture could I forget
The prettiest bag lady I ever met
Pushing her cart in the rain
Then gathering plastic and glass
She watched the day pass
Not hour by hour
But pain by pain
If I was a basket filled with holes
Then she was the sand I tried to hold
And ran out behind me
As I swung with some invisible hands

I stopped believing, you start to move
She was like wine turned to water then turned back to wine
I stopped my leaving and the better man bloomed
And you can pour us out and we won't mind

I was dead, then alive
She was like wine turned to water and turned back to wine
You can pour us out, we won't mind
A scratch around the mouth of the glass
My life is no longer mine

If you're still looking for a blanket
Sweetie, I'm sorry, I'm no sort of fabric
But if you need a tailor
Then take your torn shirt, and stumble up my stairs
And mumble your pitiful prayers
And in your tangled night's sleep, our midnight needles go to work
Until all comfort and fear flows in one river
Down on the shelf by the mirror where you see yourself whole
And it makes you shiver

I stopped believing, you start to move
She was like wine turned to water then turned back to wine
I stopped my leaving and the better man bloomed
And you can pour us out and we won't mind

I was dead, then alive
She was like wine turned to water and turned back to wine
You can pour us out, we won't mind
A scratch around the mouth of the glass
My life is no longer mine

(Our lives are not our own)
Even the wind lays still
Our essence was fire and cold
and movement, movement
If they ask you for the sign of the Father in you
Tell them, it's movement, movement, movement (and repose).


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    General Commentso, first, you're all correct in saying that the right lyric is "movement and repose" but this isn't genius on the weiss's part. it's actually a line from the gospel of thomas. it's not a real part of the Bible, but instead considered to be a gnostic book. and sometimes aaron weiss does this. if you read about them, they are not strictly Christian, but they do know what a real honest relationship with God is. so, i'd just make sure to take everything they are saying with a grain of salt. aaron weiss is super smart and knows a lot about a lot of religions, and incorporates them. so yeah. idk. just a thought.
    yesyeahsion September 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite song off the new album.
    reviewon October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is not my favorite song of the new album but thats because i love all of them
    Four Word Letter Pt. 2 is amazing
    The Soviet is Amazing
    chadeouson October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo you have a track listing?

    because that would help me.
    reviewon October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnever mind, i guess the album came out today.
    reviewon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenttheir lyrics are some of the most beautiful peices ive ever read. it describes the subtlest things with such perfection.. not really sure the relevance of the first verse though.
    DarkerShadeofWinteron October 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthe's saying that actions or desires that he had to fix her pain were useless. lending more the the fact that God is what we need to heal us, expressing the futility he felt when he realized he could not fix her emotional pain through his own works. the first line should be "in not one motion or gesture could i forget..."
    Darth_Squirrelon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIf they ask you for a sign of the Father
    Tell them it's movement, movement (of hope)

    Goodness, that's so nice.
    UnnecessaryOpinionon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf they ask you for a sign of the Father
    Tell them it's movement, movement (of hope)

    Goodness, that's so nice.
    UnnecessaryOpinionon January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last line is, "Movement, movement, movement and repose."
    dceffexon April 29, 2005   Link

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