mewithoutYou Album: Brother, Sister Track: In A Market Dimly Lit
In A Market Dimly Lit Lyrics
The bird that plucked the Olive Leaf Has been circling like a record never-ending in my mind Where the needle's worn the grooves too deep, And scratched the wax that's blistered from the heat besides So from any movement in the room- If my cat walked by the arm skipped! But to my surprise, my interrupting cat improved A sound already so severely compromised
The needle's worn the grooves too deep
I'm a donkey's jaw on a desert dune Beside the bush that Moses saw That burned and yet was not consumed She's the silver coin I lost, I'm the sheep who slipped away We pray the fingers crossed But you listen patiently anyway
I wrote a little song for you With a melody I'd borrowed put to words that didn't rhyme To repeat what you already knew As the stones thrown at your window tapped a syncopated time You kept a distance out of fear you'd break But what good's a single windchime, hanging quiet all alone? The music our collisions would make Is a sound that turns the road-that-leads-us-back-home Into Home.
The music our collisions make!
I had a rusty spade but I'm not the fighting sort If I was Samson I'd have found that harlot's blade And cut my own hair short! Then in a market dimly lit I come casually to pay You see my coins are counterfeit But accept them anyway
So spare me your goodbyes, Your waving-handkerchief-good-byes Given my tendency to err so on the sentimental side I'll spare you my goodbyes, The truth belongs to G-d, The mistakes were mine