June 28, 2007

Lyric of the Week

Filed under: Music — Bob Gifford @ 9:17 pm

Eleven Months in the Bath of Dirty Spirits and Clean by Peter Himmelman from the album Skin

I’ve awakened in a strange room,
I’ve become a 43 year-old-black woman
And all the memories that comprised
what I thought was my identity are gone
And I’m thinking ’bout a child I never bore
I feel him suckling at these breasts I never had
And I’m singing him a song
I’ve never sung before

This must be the place where you learn
what you would not learn on earth
This must be the place where you learn
what you would not learn on earth

I’m standing in a coliseum where
500 million angels are laughing at me
And on a screen as big as the sky
the details of my life unfold
I swear I’d gladly have the skin ripped off my back
Than to spend another minute in the presence
of this life I have sadly thrown away

This must be the place where you learn
what you would not learn on earth
This must be the place where you learn
what you would not learn on earth

11 months in the bath of dirty spirits
If you wanna feel all grown up,
well I tell you brother you’re in luck
11 months in the bath of dirty spirits
We’re gonna have to clean the slate,
you can never come a bit too late
11 months in the bath of dirty spirits
We’re gonna take away the rust,
why don’t you come along with us…

Ooh can you hear the thunder
Up and down and back and forth and…
Ooh don’t it hurt to remember
Left and right and to and fro and…
Ooh hear the trumpets blowin’…
Jump and stand and kneel and pray

11 months in the bath of dirty spirits
If you wanna feel all grown up,
well I tell you brother you’re in luck…

* * *

Clean
devoid of any trace of tarnish
Clean
spotlessly correct
Clean
in whispers of sanctity
Clean
no illusions to project
No inhibitions, no defenses up
No need to rattle or to rule
I’m clean for the first time

Clean
beyond imagination
Clean
like the core of the blazing sun
Clean
distant from no one
Clean
consummately one
There’s no deception, no distortion here
Not a shade of something criminal or cruel
I’m clean for the first time

Clean for the first time
Clean for the first time

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