Armies and ice and dirty green
Newspapers, shovels, sand on the breeze
I think of Eliot when I smell the street
And it's sometimes wise just to shut your eyes

Workers and lovers make their living space neat
Bent out of shape over what to eat
I dream of Eliot but I am discrete
'Cause it's sometimes wise
Just to shut your eyes

How sure, how right
Can anyone be
on sight?
I said I had hope --
I lied

The city in winter
The sewage, the steam
You fill buildings with people
And they rip at the seams
And somebody's suffering infected my dreams and
Don't they know
It's just my old soul?

How sure, how right
Can anyone be
On sight?
I said I had hope --
I lied

Lyrics submitted by merchantpierce

Eliot song meanings
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    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song. It's so moving. And her voice is just so expressive and just vulnerable enough.
    paranoia_girlon July 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis makes me think of TS Eliot and poetry and the time around TS eliot. Sarah is the best!
    dblbassmikeon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDblbassmike- from my understanding T.S Eliot was the inspiration for this song.

    I love this song. You can really hear the Parisian (being of Paris) influence here. Its just the little things in life that make you think sometimes.
    zootieszooon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe wasteland!
    katzophranicon April 06, 2010   Link

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