Breathe life to the street from the mouth

Those ruby red lips have much to give

Pull life from the land with your capable hands

Those life loving beautiful broken hands

Oh, I'll stand with you and marvel

At the cosmos pink and bright

All the pages flipping backwards

Til time is gone and wrong is right

Rivers running up the hills and to the sky and down to the sea

Where a merman with a twinkle casts a hook in me

Sing me a salty blue song, I'll be gone

With watery cheeks down flowered lanes

Tattered sails on a ramshackle ship, I'll go pale

Staring straight in the face looming tempest waves

Otherwise I'll wither and die here

On this reach of rubble rambling

With two years filled up with sand, dear

In a broken daze I'll be scrambling

Like rivers running up the hills and to the sky and down to the sea

Where a merman with a twinkle casts a hook in me

Summer sky falling into the sea, taking part of me

See the bones on the sand in the light

All the heards of the sea rushing by, pay no mind

To the dancing reflections gone wild

And at night a fractured star fell

And pierced right through the thick of me

I cried out in pain and joy, yes

I'm not dead, not numb, not withering

Like a falling leaf who keeps her green

I'm turning bright in the sea

Where a merman with a twinkle casts a hook in me

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    Very nice version on (the only song on there of Laura Veirs to date, in some compilation album). Better than the versions on youtube. There's a moment (at the end of the chorus, on the title line, at about 0:46.5 for the first time) when electric guitar or something with vibrato or reverb plays and it seals the beauty of the song. Less is more. The light touch is exquisite. Oh yea, meaning. Lots of sea analogies complexly interwoven. Best line: "pierced right through the thick of me". I like how the 3rd version of the chorus is completely different. Refreshing change from each rendition of the chorus always being a carbon copy of all the others. Jackson Browne used to do that a lot. This makes it seem as if the writer has much more to say and much more skill saying it. I think I read on her site that " herds of the sea rushing by" is about whales, and a phrase from Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Good call, Technophobia, the time running backwards theme is about loss and recovery.
    Bob Steinon January 25, 2008   Link

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