Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Sometimes things are just too beautiful and I get this feeling like I can't take it. I think this idea was briefly touched upon in the film "American Beauty," but I will not allow myself to feel trite--this feeling is earned, and it is my own.

This time around the trigger for the feeling is the following lyrics. But you won't be doing justice to them unless you first hear the song. I've heard it a handful of times, and I finally decided to Google and find out what was actually being said. Beauty on top of beauty.

So, this first: The song is called "Blood" by The Middle East, and you can hear it here:

Then you can read the following. Or, if you're in a rush, play the above and read along below:

Older brother, restless soul, lie down
Lie for a while with your ear against the earth
And you’ll hear your sister sleep talking
Say, “Your hair is long but not long enough to reach
Home to me
But your beard
Someday might be”

And she woke up in a cold sweat on the floor
Next to a family portrait drawn when you were four
And beside a jar of two cent coins that are no good no more
She’ll lay it aside

Older father, weary soul, you’ll drive
Back to the home you made on the mountainside
With that ugly, terrible thing
Those papers for divorce
And a lonely ring
A lonely ring
Sit on your porch
And pluck your strings

Oh, and you’ll find somebody you can blame
And you’ll follow the creek that runs out into the sea
And you’ll find the peace of the Lord.

Grandfather, weary soul, you’ll fly
Over your life once more before you die
Since our grandma passed away
You’ve waited for forever and a day
Just to die
And someday soon
You will die

It was the only woman you ever loved
That got burnt by the sun too often when she was young
And the cancer spread and it ran into her body and her blood
And there’s nothing you can do about it now

1 comment:

Jessica P. said...

Dude... I know this song, but I, like you, didn't realize how beautiful the lyrics are. Thanks for sharing!