16 Dec 2010

The Sparrow and the Medicine


I only just heard this and fell so hard for it I can hardly stand it. On the first play it’s already my favourite song of the entire year, and one of the best I’ve heard in all time. What the heck. He’s a lyrical genius.

Lyrics to The Sparrow And The Medicine:

by The Tallest on Earth
When you mend the patches of my clothin’
You know every thread goes through my heart
Guessin’ that the river’s gonna dry up
Well, I said that’s not the reason why we part

Lookin’ ’round the corner where I left you
Wonderin’ whatever lead me there
Knowin’ that a quiet, unconscious feeling could be bought to drown a memory anywhere

She said, “I don’t want your medicine and I don’t need your sparrow in my heart
“So hen I’m covered by the thunder I get rid of all your breath deep in my lungs”
Splittin’ the wind apart

And when I touch the ceiling on a spring day
Wishin’ it could heed up every crow
So that they could lift me by my shoulders
Take me from this frozen lake and let you know

Just that I want to be that medicine I want to feed the sparrow in your heart
When I’m covered by the thunder sure I’ll get rid of all the breath deep in your lungs
Splittin’ the wind apart

Hell I’m still standing ’round the corner where I left you
Diggin’ up a quite sufficient track
Never know when you’re behind that angle with a tranquilizer gun in your sweet hand

Oh I want to be that medicine I want to see the sparrow in your heart
When we’re covered by the thunder I’d get rid of all that breath deep within your lungs
And I’m splittin’ the wind apart

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