on the bank of the river
stood running bear, young indian brave
on the other
side of the river
stood his lovely indian maid
little white dove
was-a her name
such a lovely
sight to see
but their tribes
fought with each other
so their love
could never be

I want to know if you can help my husband. He has this terrible dream all the time where he's running, and running, and he's not getting anywhere!

...could never be...

feel the strain and you see the stain
and you can't get back again

More gauze.
-more gauze.
More gauze.
-more gauze.
More gauze.
-more gauze.
Little more gauze.
-we don't have any more gauze.
...That's all the gauze?
-Yeah... i don't know what happened, we had a small roll of clothes...
Give me a sponge.
-you have the clamp.
-you have the suture.
I love you.
-...please, please!

Lyrics submitted by theovendoesntknow, edited by Viking

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    General Commentmaybe this isn't important:


    maybe it is. good ol' google search.
    kristicationon May 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI suppose i wasn't very surprised to see that Blockhead didn't have an artist listing on songmeanings... he isn't very well-known.

    this song is cryptic for the first 50 listens. i began to make sense of the dialogue at the end... started thinking about the context in which the pair of people are speaking. To me it seems that they are lost or stranded in the wilderness, and someone is hurt... judging by the use of regular clothes for "gauze" and the tinge of desperation in their voices towards the very end.

    The end dialogue may tie into the drama between the two indians mentioned in the beginning... the distance and desperation between them seems to mirror the feelings (at least a little bit) of the stranded two in the forest...

    Anyway, it's a great song. very relaxing, mellow, thoughtful, thought-provoking.
    theovendoesntknowon August 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know the source of the dialogue in the middle and towards the end? I get the feeling Blockhead uses snippets of audio from old movies. It sounds really nice and it would be interesting to see where it's from.
    Vikingon May 22, 2013   Link

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