"Landslide Song/The Dig" as written by and Laura Anne Stevenson....
Rush, rush, rush
went the coal and went the water
past the tufts, tufts, tufts
snapping trees and fingers easy as all
down it comes now prepare yourself the black is gushing
up, up, up
to the windows, curtains, and the cushions
things are getting so untidy.

hush, hush, hush
if you scream then everyone will start screaming
numb, numb, numb
frozen limbs and frozen bottoms hold you
still enough 'til you breathe in three times it will take you
up, up, up
high above your shoes and socks now
things are getting so untidy, things are getting so untidy.

broken are the backs of the shovel-bearers
smoking on their breaks cutting conversations to t.v. shows
and places that they long to go
long before the dig began and long before the dig is over.

Lyrics submitted by morningbrightblue

Landslide Song/The Dig song meanings
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    General Commentthis awesome song needs more comments.
    AllChokedUpon February 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis wild song is about a landslide that breached a wall inside a coal mine and flooded the shafts, carrying everyone and everything out in a torrent of freezing water.

    The song's story is simple--it starts with the collapse, then it brings everything back to the beginning when the men were standing with their shovels, before the catastrophe befell them.

    Really, what's awesome about this song is how wild the band plays it, like a deluge of horns and drums, much like the landslide that engulfs the miners. Plus, it sounds an awful lot like a loud Netural Milk Hotel song, and that's always a good thing.
    e_man182on December 23, 2014   Link

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